A sign warning that bird flu has been detected in the Iffley Lock area is on the Thames Path just off the Folly Bridge.

It lists a series of steps people can take to avoid spreading the disease to other areas and outlines what to do if you find a dead bird.

This follows reports earlier this month that an infected Oxford swan was identified at Iffley Lock after dead birds were found in Port Meadow.


How to avoid catching or spreading bird flu

Bird flu sign on the Thames Path near Folly Bridge.

Here is a list of measures suggested by Oxfordshire County Council to stop the spread of bird flu.

  • Stay on the trails.
  • Keep dogs on a leash.
  • Do not feed wild waterfowl.
  • Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds.
  • Do not touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings.

If you keep poultry or other birds, you are advised to wash your hands and clean and disinfect your shoes before tending to your birds.

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) came into force across Britain on November 3, 2021.

This means that all bird keepers, whether they have pets or commercial birds, should monitor them closely for any signs of disease and take steps to prevent the spread of disease at all times.

What is bird flu or bird flu?

The UK Health Security Agency explains on its website that bird flu is a flu that spreads among birds. Although some strains can be transmitted to humans, this is extremely rare and usually requires very close contact with an infected bird – so the risk is considered low.

Bird flu epidemics can occur at any time of the year. However, in the UK seasonal increases are generally linked to winter migration patterns of wild birds.

If you see dead wild birds during your trip you should report it to the Defra helpline: 03459335577

Learn more about: gov.uk/Bird-Flu

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