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Potential Avian Flu warning after 50 birds found dead at Notts reservoir

A Councillor has warned residents not to touch any dead wild birds at Kings Mill Reservoir in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Over the last week, approximately 50 wild birds have been found dead.

Residents have been in touch with councillors in their dozens.

Officers from Ashfield District Council have been removing the dead birds and are keeping DEFRA informed.


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Councillor David Hennigan, Councillor for Sutton Central and New Cross said, “I was on site, speaking to visitors on Tuesday morning with Council Leader Jason Zadrozny.  This is obviously distressing for residents but it looks like the situation has peaked at King Mills Reservoir.

“We have been asked by DEFRA to ask people visiting Kings Mills Reservoir not to touch any dead birds they find.

“Ashfield District Council’s environment teams are on monitoring the reservoir daily – they even been on the reservoir in canoes.  We will be monitoring the situation over the weekend.


“We’ve put up posters warning residents about a possible outbreak.  The dead birds on the reservoir have caused huge upset but I can assure them that the Council are doing everything possible to contain the problem.  Whilst it’s not been officially confirmed that it is avian influenza, it’s clear that this is the probable cause.”


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