Warning to avoid dead seabirds on Angus beaches

The public are being warned to avoid contact with any dead seabirds they may find on Angus beaches and coastal areas.

Mark Dowie
Monday, 17th July 2023, 3:36pm
Warning to avoid dead seabirds on Angus beaches

Dead and dying seabirds have been washing up recently in locations along the East Coast of Scotland, including on Angus beaches and shorefronts.

This is believed to be because of the continuing situation with Avian flu.

Scotland’s Avian Flu Task Force is currently on high alert following an increase in reports of dead seabirds around coasts.

Wild birds can carry several diseases that are infectious to people.

When outbreaks of avian flu are confirmed or suspected, it is important to follow this advice:-

Do not touch or pick up sick wild birds

Keep pets/dogs away from any dead or sick birds

Do not feed wild waterfowl

Do not touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings

If you keep poultry or other birds, wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds

Dead wild birds can be reported to the Animal and Health Plant Agency (APHA) online or by telephoning 03459 33 55 77

By doing so, you can help them to understand how diseases are spreading.

If you find a live but sick bird, you can call the SSPCA on 03000 999 999.

There is more information on avian influenza on the Scottish Government webpages.

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