Avian Flu

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone which covers the whole of Wales will remain in place until at least 28th February. Bird deaths resulting from the disease have been reported in Wales and also at WWT Slimbridge with a dead Wigeon found to have the strain H5N8.

What to do if you see or suspect cases.
Contact the DEFRA helpline on 03459 335577 if you see:

Dead waterfowl (swans, geese, ducks and gulls).
Five or more dead wild birds in the same location.

Alternatively you can send an email with as much information as possible (ideally with a grid reference) to: defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Goldcliff bird highlights today.

What a brilliant afternoon and early evening’s birding. Three Water Rails was an unexpected surprise as was a single Water Pipit feeding. Just over two thousand Dunlin came in to roost late afternoon but the highlight was a pair of adult Bewick’s Swans that flew into the third lagoon at 4pm.