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Remember to clean your bird table and bird feeder!

10 December 2012

A strain of avian pox virus has been killing garden birds, especially those bird table and bird feeder favourites, great tits...

A strain of avian pox virus has been killing garden birds, especially those bird table and bird feeder favourites, great tits.

The virus is thought to have been carried across the channel from Europe by mosquitoes. It was first noted in 2006 in the south-east of England and has since been spreading across the UK. The virus causes unsightly growths on the face, head and beak of affected birds, and sadly some don’t survive infection with the virus. The disease is thought to spread between birds and also possibly through contaminated surfaces. Experts recommend washing bird tables and feeders on a weekly basis and leaving them to air dry. You should also change the water and clean out bird baths every day.

Anyone who spots a bird displaying symptoms should report it to the RSPB’s Wildlife Enquiries Unit on 01767 680551 or by email to [email protected]. The virus does not infect humans.