The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA), has announced that the online service for dead wild birds has been updated.

The updates have been designed to make it easier for the public to report the location of dead wild birds (including being able to drop a pin on a map); report a wider range of wild bird species groups (you can still report even if you don’t know what species group the wild birds you have found are, just select the ‘other wild bird’ category).

The APHA maintains that by reporting dead wild birds you are helping it understand the risk to different species groups of wild birds; the risk posed to poultry & other captive birds and the risk of overspill into wild mammals.

If you spot dead wild birds in Great Britain, use the online service to report it or call the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

Reports are triaged and not all birds will be collected. Wild birds are susceptible to a range of diseases and injuries, and most dead birds will not have been infected with avian influenza.

Find out more information on how and why we monitor avian influenza virus infection in wild birds and wild mammals on GOV.UK.

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