Feeding ducks and swans
We strongly encourage anyone visiting our parks to refrain from feeding wild ducks, geese and other birds to help prevent the further spread of Bird flu. Large gatherings of birds when feeding them make transmission of the virus more likely.
There are number of precautions people can take to avoid contact with a bird with bird flu
- When walking along the riverside, keep to footpaths and keep dogs on leads
- Do not feed wild waterfowl such as ducks, swans and geese
- Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
- Do not touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings
Report dead wild birds
Call Defra on 03459 33 55 77 if you find
- one or more dead birds of prey
- 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 a dead or visibly sick wild bird
More information can be found on the government website
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