From Aberdeenshire Council.
While we appreciate that the summer holidays have just begun and thoughts will turn to heading for our fantastic beaches, we must advise of a number of suspected new cases of Avian Influenza which have sadly claimed a significant number of seabirds in recent days.
Please be assured that while our beaches remain safe and the threat of transmission to humans is very low, it is still important that you follow this safety advice:
• Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
• Keep pets/dogs away from any dead or sick birds
• Don’t feed wild waterfowl
• Don’t touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with droppings
Working alongside partner agencies, Aberdeenshire Council will be installing warning signs at known locations where Avian Influenza has been reported and teams will be monitoring these areas.
But with limited resources and a lengthy coastline, we do appreciate your help in identifying potential cases.
We would urge anyone visiting Aberdeenshire’s beaches and wider coastline to remain vigilant and report any dead birds to Defra’s national helpline on 03459 335577.
We will be aiming to have any reported cases of deceased birds removed as quickly as possible and fully-trained staff from Landscape Services will prioritise removal of birds from areas of high footfall where there is safe access.
If you come across a grouping of 10 or more dead birds please also call our own dedicated phoneline on 01467 537444.
If you find a live but sick bird call the SSPCA on 03000 999999.
If you keep poultry or other birds, it is vital that you wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds.
For more details on avian influenza, visit www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu/