Avian influenza (bird flu): how to spot and report the disease

Chickens in grass field
Alan Robertson

The Scottish Government has published advice on what to do if you suspect an outbreak of avian influenza.

Avian influenza is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by contacting your local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.  

To keep notified of the any developments you can sign up to the APHA Alerts Service – this will keep you up to date with the latest news regarding Avian influenza

Some strains of bird flu can pass to humans but this is very rare. It usually requires very close contact between humans and infected birds. Find out more at: bird flu and human health.

Dead bird and other wild mammal findings

Wild birds

Avian Influenza surveillance systems are in place for the reporting and monitoring of dead wild birds and certain mammalian species suspected of having been infected with avian influenza.

How to report dead wild birds.

Other wild mammal findings

If you find a dead wild mammal, suspected of having been infected with avian influenza, note where you saw the dead animal and contact your local area NatureScot Office.

As with dead wild birds, if you find a dead animal of any species, please don’t pick it up. Carcasses may present health risks and are best left alone.

You can read and download the full guidance here