Rare curlew among victims of bird flu outbreak

Dozens of wild birds have died in a suspected avian flu outbreak at a national nature reserve.

Consultant ornithologist Peter Stronach discovered 160 individual birds of 20 species at Loch Fleet, near Golspie in Sutherland.

Scotland's chief vet Sheila Voas said there had been a significant number of wild bird deaths in the area in recent weeks.

Bodies of curlew, geese and ducks were among those recovered and tested.

Curlew have been killed in the latest bird flu outbreak. Pic: BTO

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There have also been recent suspected avian flu outbreaks on the Dumfries and Galloway coast.

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