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Avian flu fears after dead birds found all over Welsh town


The dead birds were found in the garden of Garry Lloyd Jones, a local who raced pigeons when he was younger. Mr Jones found three of these dead pigeons in his garden and has said he has spotted more than just those three throughout the town in the past few weeks.

Mr Jones expressed his concerns about the pigeons on Facebook, with more people in the town saying they had also spotted dead birds.

Following the Facebook post, a number of locals reacted to say where they had spotted the birds.

In response to Mr Jones’ post, a woman replied: “I found two dead one by Sip Sioned, and the other by the Red Lion pub.”

Following on from this, one user said that her husband also found a dead bird in their garden.

Another Facebook user also found another two birds dead beside the river in Llanrwst.

Mr Jones, who was once mayor of the Welsh town of Llanrwst, was deeply alarmed when discovering these pigeons.

Mr Jones said: “I found another dead pigeon on top of a bin in town.

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“It’s worrying as I also had to put down two of our chickens. “They lost weight and didn’t want to eat anything and, when I picked them up, they screamed.

“I’ve kept chickens all my life but I had no idea what was wrong with them.”

Mr Jones had worried that it may have possibly been the flu or poison, but Defra have had no alerts for the avian flu being present in Wales for wild birds.

A spokesman for Defra said: “‘Where dead or sick wild birds are reported to the Defra helpline, we will investigate as necessary as part of our disease surveillance work.

“Results for dead wild birds that have tested positive for avian influenza are routinely published.”

There are a number of laws in place which protect wild animals from injury or even death.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 makes clear that the purposeful injuring or killing of any wild animals, relevantly pigeons in this instance, is illegal unless general licensing regulations are met.

Mr Jones has now reported the findings of the dead pigeons to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Conwy Council.

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