Bird Flu and Local marshes

A dead cygnet on the bank of the River Yare on Marston Marsh was recently reported to the City Council. EVRA sought advice from the Norwich Fringe Project who manage the marsh and received the guidance below. Given the prevalence of bird flu this year, it is sadly likely that more dead birds will be found on the marsh.

Norwich City Council and Norwich Fringe Project are aware of the dead cygnet near Marston Marsh. Brown and Co, the Land Agent for the land owner on the other side of the River Yare where the dead swan is located, have been contacted to make them aware of the situation.

Unfortunately Norwich City Council are unable to collect the swan as its not on Norwich City Council land.

As we manage our sites for people and wildlife, sadly wild animals can die from many causes which can sometimes be difficult to identify. If you see a dead bird on Norwich City Council land, please report it to us through our website under Environmental Issues -‘Street Issue’

We are aware of the outbreak of bird flu and will follow our process regarding this disease.

If you see a dead bird and suspect bird flu (Avian influenza), then please follow the Governmental Advice:

Reporting dead wild birds

You should call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

For more information please visit: Avian influenza (bird flu) – GOV.UK (