In the interests of monitoring and understanding the spread of avian influenza (bird flu), Defra
ask that you report any dead waterfowl (swans, geese, ducks), gulls, or birds of prey you find. You should also report any other dead wild birds you find in numbers of five or more. You can contact them on the Defra
helpline (03459 33 55 77
). Do not touch or handle the dead bird if you can avoid it, but if you must, wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible, keeping your hands away from your face and any food.
Picture by Julian Thomas