Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Published: 14th July 2023

We are working with partner agencies following reports of a few dead seabirds being found in Scottish coastal areas including the Borders, Avian Influenza has been confirmed as the cause of death.

Members of the public should follow the guidance below and contact the relevant authorities if they suspect bird flu is in their area:

  • Don't pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds

  • Keep pets/dogs away from any dead or sick birds

  • Don't feed wild waterfowl

  • Don't 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


You should report any dead bird sightings to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on 03459 335577.  Any live but ailing birds should be reported to SSPCA on 03000 999 999. 

The risk to the general public's health is very low.  People should however, always wash their hands thoroughly if they come into contact with dead birds.

More information can be found on the Scottish Government’s website Bird flu (avian influenza): how to spot and report it in poultry or other captive birds