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Public asked to be vigilant as bird flu confirmed in Lincolnshire

Published on 21 December 2016

MEMBERS of the public are being asked to be alert to the arrival of bird flu in Leicester, following news that the virus has been identified at a turkey farm in Lincolnshire.

Posters have gone up in Leicester’s parks and open spaces, asking people to contact the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), if they spot dead waterbirds – or groups of dead birds – in Leicester’s parks and waterways.

Any dead swans, ducks, geese, gulls or waders should be reported to DEFRA, as should five dead birds of the same species, or more than five dead birds of different species in the same place.

The DEFRA helpline is 03459 33 55 77.

Anyone concerned about a dead bird in a city park or playground should call Leicester City Council on 0116 454 1003.

People who keep chickens, or other captive birds, are now required to bring them indoors – or take appropriate steps to ensure they don’t come into contact with wild birds that could be carrying the virus. 

Abbey Park’s Pets’ Corner remains closed as a precautionary measure, following DEFRA’s declaration of an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in England.

Further information and advice from DEFRA is available at www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-against-avian-flu