Avian Flu affects wild birds in Burnley parks

Published on Fri Oct 28 2022
Thompson Park lake with floewerbed of white roses in foreground, lake boathouse in background and lauke surrounded by large trees in leaf

In recent weeks there has been an increasing number of ducks and geese affected by Avian Flu, with dead birds being recovered in Thompson and Towneley parks

Park rangers are checking wetland areas regularly and the carcasses are being disposed of in accordance with the advice from DEFRA using an approved contractor.

If members of the public spot dead birds they should email greenspaces@burnley.gov.uk – giving the time and as precise a location as possible.

The number of dead birds is not high – around 10 as of publication – but it is rising.

The Government’s advice to the public is:

  • Keep to footpaths
  • Keep dogs on leads
  • Do not feed wild waterfowl
  • Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
  • Do not touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings
  • If you keep poultry or other birds, wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds

Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Post expires at 8:04am on Saturday January 28th, 2023