RESIDENTS have raised concerns after finding two dead swans at a recycling centre in Dovercourt.

One of the birds was found in water at the Low Road site.

Harwich resident Helen Winrow reported the sightings and her displeasure towards the authorities regarding the issue.

She said: “Despite avian flu being in the area, the swans remain where I found them.

“I reported to the police and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), yet nobody has responded. It’s shameful.”

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A group of swans at Dovercourt boating lakeA group of swans at Dovercourt boating lake

Following several cases of bird flu, chief veterinary officers have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the country.

The AIPZ started on Wednesday, November 3, and made it a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict measures in protecting their flocks.

Cases of the H5N1 strain were confirmed at an animal sanctuary in Kirby Cross on November 12.

In a joint statement, chief veterinary officers for England, Scotland and Wales said: “The UK health agencies have confirmed that the risk to public health is very low.

“UK food standards agencies advise that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.”

If you find dead swans, geese, ducks or other dead wild birds, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

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