Dead wild birds: what to do

Help control the spread of avian flu amongst wild birds

East Lothian Council have been publicising the risks associated with dead or sick wild birds.

Wild birds can carry several diseases that are infectious to people, so do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

If you find a single dead bird of prey, gull or wildfowl species (particularly wild geese, wild ducks, swans), or find five or more birds of any other species in the same location and at the same time, please report these incidents to Defra’s national telephone helpline (03459 33 55 77 – please select option 7).

Further information is available from the Scottish Government regarding bird flu, including latest reports, one of which was at North Berwick.

The Scottish Government have also produced an information sheet for owners of birds to help protect their birds from the risk of bird flu.