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Report a suspected case of Bird Flu. Bird flu, known as Avian Influenza is a disease primarily found in birds with a low risk for humans. Anyone who is concerned should call NHS 111 or speak to their GP. If a person has concerns regarding their pet, they should contact their private veterinary surgeon.

Reporting suspected bird flu in wild birds

Do not report to Bird Aware Essex as we are unable to assist. If you suspect bird flu in a dead bird due to unusual mortality or symptoms in live birds present (e.g., twisting of the head, tremoring, respiratory distress, loss of balance) report to the Defra (03459 33 55 77) or Department of Agricultural and Rural Affairs (0300 200 7840) helplines.

This is particularly important if bird flu has not yet been recorded near to your suspected case. In England and Wales, the guidance has been to report  if you find a single bird of prey or owl, 3 or more dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks), gulls, or 5 or more dead wild birds of any other species (including gulls) at the same place at the same time.

Further details can be found in the links below.

Latest updates for Essex:

UK government guidance in detail:


Safety precautions

  • Obey warnings on signs
  • Keep dogs on leads in areas where bird flu has been detected
  • Do not go near or touch bird droppings or sick or dead birds
  • Do not go to live animal markets or poultry farms
  • Do not bring any live birds or poultry back to the UK, including feathers
  • Do not eat undercooked or raw poultry or duck
  • Do not eat raw eggs