Bird Flu and What to do if you find a dead stork

Sadly, avian influenza (AI) is present in the UK with significant outbreaks in 2022, particularly at seabird colonies in the north of England and Scotland. There have also been confirmed cases in West Sussex.

Whilst we haven’t yet recorded AI at Knepp or among our White Stork Project birds, we remain vigilant and are stepping up our biosecurity measures accordingly. 

If you find a dead white stork anywhere, regardless of the apparent circumstances of death, please do not touch it or pick it up. 

If you are able to, please make a note of the specific location at which you found the bird (ideally grid reference, What3Words reference or nearest postcode), as well as the time and date. A photo of the bird in situ would also be useful. 

Please email this information as soon as possible to so that we can deal with collecting the bird and undertaking necessary testing in compliance with guidance given to us by DEFRA.   

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