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Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick wild birds that you find.

You should use the online system (on GOV.UK) or call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find any dead wild birds.

You will be asked

Sick or injured wild birds should not be reported to the Defra helpline. Instead, please contact the RSPCA (in Wales and England) on 0300 1234 999 for help.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will collect some of the dead wild birds reported. They will test them to help us understand how disease is distributed geographically and in different types of bird. Not all birds will be collected.

If a dead bird is not required for surveillance purposes, it is the landowner’s responsibility to safely dispose of the carcase.

For an interactive map of all wild bird findings to date, please visit the APHA website.