Wildlife Volunteer talks to Latest about Seagull rescue amidst Avian Flu Pandemic
While the council warns the public not to touch sick or dead birds amid avian flu outbreak, another statement said: “The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that bird flu is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low.”
So far, only three gulls found dead in Brighton Marina between 13th and 19th June tested positive for the disease. No other cases have been recorded up util the 26th June. Regardless this is the perfect storm scenario for Seagulls, facing the worst Avian Flu epidemic in Sussex’s history at the beginning of the peak of the reproductive season, while wildlife centres across Sussex are CLOSED when they are most need it. The only hope left for this birds is in the loving hands of wildlife volunteer to conduct rescues and find homes for birds among members of the public.
I met one of them, a frustrated Justin King who told me more about the dire situation volunteers and animal lovers have found themselves in, adding to the case the sharply rising cost of living Justin told me that DONATIONS are now desperately needed.
If you want to help or know more about volunteering or simply donate, you can find the gofundme page, here.
The facebook group to learn and report cases.