Amid continuing concern over the spread of avian flu, we urge birdwatchers and other members who come across dead birds to follow advice provided by the British Trust for Ornithology. Numbers of dead wildfowl (swans, ducks, geese) gulls and birds of prey especially should be reported to Defra 's special helpline (03459 33 55 77 (Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm) select option 7) .

Avian flu presents a low risk to humans, but handling carcasses without protective gloves is not advised. The BTO recommends wearing disposable gloves or using a plastic bag protectively when obtaining numbers from dead birds that have been ringed.