Animal health and welfare

Dead wild birds

If you find a dead wild bird

If you find a single dead bird of prey, swan, goose or duck or five or more dead wild birds of any other species (including gulls), you should report them.

Report dead wild birds

Alternatively, you can phone the helpline: 03459 335577

Wild birds can carry several diseases that are infectious to people, do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. Please ensure that dogs are kept on a lead when in areas of high concentration of wild birds.

Advice on disposal of dead wild birds is available on the Scottish Government Website - Avian Influenza (bird flu): how to spot and report the disease

If you find a sick or injured wild bird

Report an injured animal to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).

Telephone 03000 999 999 - information about call charges is available

If you suspect avian influenza in poultry or other captive birds

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 OfficeFailure to do so is an offence.

Other suspicion of cause of death in wild birds

If you find a diseased raptor or corvid that you believe to be the victim of wildlife crime, do not touch the bird. This will help preserve any evidence of a potential crime scene. Also, the dead bird may contain poisons that can be absorbed into the skin or contaminate the environment. Please contact the Police on 101 and ask if the matter can be referred to a Wildlife Crime Officer. There is more information on the Police Scotland website. Alternatively, the incident can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111