IMPORTANT: Changes to Defra Avian Flu Reporting

Defra have changed the thresholds for reporting avian flu in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales:

  • The new guidance is to use the online reporting system or call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find “one or more dead wild birds of prey, gull, swan, goose or duck, or five or more dead wild birds of any species.”

Previously, the minimum for reporting gulls, swans, geese and ducks was three birds. Defra have decided to increase the sensitivity of surveillance of the disease.