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Bird flu killed dozens of swans in Windsor

Around 40 swans on the River Thames have died following the outbreak of avian flu Photo:

Bird flu has killed dozens of the Queen's swans in Windsor, Defra has confirmed.

Around 40 swans on the River Thames have died following the outbreak of avian flu.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that this will not led to the culling of any of the swans.

It comes as a strain of bird flu was found in wild birds in South Dorset last month.

Findings on wild birds with bird flu can be found here.

If you keep poultry, Defra are asking you to take the following steps:

  • register your birds with APHA;
  • report any sick birds;
  • sign up for disease alerts.
  • minimise movement in and out of your bird enclosure
  • clean footwear before and after visiting your birds
  • keep bird enclosures clean and tidy and regularly disinfecting any hard surfaces
  • humanely control rats and mice
  • place birds’ food and water in fully-enclosed areas that wild birds cannot access, and remove any spilled feed
  • keep your birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around the outdoor areas they access
  • make sure equipment, feed and bedding are stored undercover so they cannot be contaminated by wild birds
  • where possible keep chickens and turkeys separate from ducks and geese

If you suspect disease in your own flock, or you find dead wild birds such as wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, you can call the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.