DEFRA have good advice on what to do if you find dead birds in your garden or in a public place. They advise not to touch dead birds without adequate protection, such as disposable gloves and follow strict hygiene rules.
If you find a dead swan, goose or duck or three or more dead wild, or garden birds together in the same place, please report this to DEFRA, via the DEFRA Helpline on 08459 33 55 77. The current DEFRA helpline opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.
They may wish to have the birds examined for signs of specific diseases. They will advise you on what action you should take.
If the dead bird is a single, small garden, or wild bird then you do not need to call DEFRA.
Last Updated on Tuesday, August 14, 2018