9 December 2021 | Cathy McEwan
Update 10/12. Sadly the cause of death of the Swans has been confirmed as avian Flu. BBOWT are waiting to hear from DEFRA if any additional bio security needs to be put in place. In the meantime the advice remains do not touch any sick or dead birds. Any dead birds should be reported to Swan Support on 07968 868172 who are the approved people to remove and dispose of the carcass.
An update on the Swan situation at Hosehill.
A total of 12 dead birds have been removed by swan rescue charities but we still have not had any confirmation from DEFRA that the cause is Avian Flu.
Away from Hosehill a dead Swan has been seen at Padworth Lane and an obviously unwell Swan seen by the waterski club at Moatlands.
Until we know what the cause is please follow the below rules: Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. sick Swans can be reported to Swan Support on 07968 868172 or 01628 876336, or Swan Lifeline on 01753 859397
If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77). For more information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#public.