Bird Flu in Cornwall – What you need to know!

It has become very apparent that Bird Flu has sadly hit Cornwall over the past couple of weeks and many seabirds have been found either deceased or very poorly around our coast. The majority of cases seem to be found in Gannets but a whole host of other species, including Gulls and Geese have also been reported. This situation is likely to worsen and we urge people to carry out the following actions if they find dead or dying birds:

  1. The risk to public health is low but if you find a sick or dead wild bird, don’t touch it and please report it to Defra on 03459 33 55 77.
  2. If it’s on council land, please let us know so we can remove it. You can report it here and pinpoint the location: www.cornwall.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling-and-waste/street-cleaning/dead-animals/  There’s an interactive map so you can see if it’s on council land.
  3. If the dead bird is on private land, please report it to the landowner.
  4. If you find a dead bird on your property, if Defra is unable to remove it, please follow Defra’s guidance on how to safely dispose of it found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

More information can also be found on the BTO Website here: https://www.bto.org/how-you-can-help/take-part-project/health-safety/avian-flu