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Edinburgh dog walkers warned over Holyrood Park bird flu outbreak

Edinburgh dog owners have been warned to keep pets away from sick or dead birds in Holyrood Park following an outbreak of bird flu.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) confirmed that 20 swans have died from suspected bird flu at the Edinburgh park.

Avian Influenza mainly affects birds, but on occasion, it can affect mammals – including humans.

A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland said: “We can confirm that sadly there has been a series of swan deaths around St Margaret’s Loch in Holyrood Park due to suspected avian influenza, now totalling 20.

“Our ranger team are working to remove any dead birds as soon as practicable and have installed signage around the Loch advising visitors to avoid touching any dead or dying birds, and to keep themselves and dogs away from known areas where birds gather.”

In addition, Historic Environment Scotland urged dog walkers to report any dead or dying birds to its ranger team on 0131 652 8150 or by emailing

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