The UK Health Security Agency has said bird flu is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the public's health is very low. However, it is vital that people do not touch sick, live birds or bird carcasses.
We therefore urge park users to avoid touching any sick or dead wild birds, or bird droppings as a precaution.
Anyone who has found and touched a visibly sick or dead bird, or their droppings, should follow the NHS guidance:
- Practice good hygiene and thoroughly wash your hands in soap and water
- Call a GP or NHS 111 if you experience any symptoms of bird flu and have visited an area affected by bird flu in the past 10 days. Your symptoms can be checked over the phone.
Reporting dead wild birds
You should call the Defra helpline on 0345 933 5577 if you find:
- 1 or more dead bird of prey or owl
- 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
- 5 or more dead birds of any species
Do not touch or pick up, or let your dog pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. For more information, visit GOV.UK - guidance on bird flu.