12 July 2023

Avian Influenza clean-up continues across Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council Landscape Services staff have again been undertaking the removal of dead seabirds from the many shorelines around the region.

A year on from the previous outbreak, our frontline crews have been kitted out in full PPE to carry out the safe removal of hundreds of birds which, it is suspected, carry Avian Influenza, and we thank them for all their efforts once again.

At Stonehaven this week more than 520 birds were removed from the beach over the course of three days. At Cruden Bay more than 120 carcasses were collected. Today (Wednesday), more than 150 were recovered from Balmedie as well as 250 from Inverbervie.

Our thanks also go to a number of our own staff from various services who have come forward and volunteered to assist with future collections as and when required.

We have heard reports of people trying to assist in the clean-up by burying or binning bird carcasses, but please—for your own safety—leave the disposal to us.

Thanks to our very supportive residents and community groups who have been reporting sightings, we’ve again been able to quickly map out and prioritise removal of the birds and we will be getting to all these areas just as soon as we can.

We would urge you to continue that vital reporting—both to Defra on 03459 335577 and, if you come across large numbers of birds in popular areas, via the council’s online reporting form at

Again, please be assured that our beaches are still safe to enjoy this summer and the threat of transmission to humans is very low.

But remember to follow this safety advice at all times:

  • Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
  • Keep pets/dogs away from any dead or sick birds
  • Don't feed wild waterfowl
  • Don't touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with droppings

If you find a live but sick bird call the SSPCA on 03000 999999 for advice—however please note that due to the current situation you should not bring any wild birds to their animal rescue and rehoming centres.

If you keep poultry or other birds, it is vital that you wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds.

For more details on avian influenza, visit