Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust would like to remind members and the public to take appropriate measures to protect their own health and safety when dealing with sick and injured wildlife. Avian influenza (bird flu) has been identified as being present in the wild bird population in England in 2018, with the H5N6 strain identified in wild birds in Rutland, South Dorset and Warwickshire. If you find dead wild birds such as wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, please do not be tempted to pick them up. Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from avian influenza is very low, but the best course of action is to call the Defra helpline direct on 03459 33 55 77.
Further details and links to Defra/APHA advice can be found on the Rutland County Council website: www.rutland.gov.uk/birdflu