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.

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

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

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



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