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Avian flu outbreak at RSPB Minsmere
The 2,500-acre reserve has sadly confirmed the outbreak.
Visitors warned not to touch or go near dead or dying birds.

RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on its site. The coastal nature reserve has seen an increase in dead birds recently, and has said that it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential impacts on bird populations, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the largest ever outbreak in the UK.

In a statement, RSPB said: “We appreciate that it is distressing, for both visitors and staff, to see dead or dying birds at our site but we ask that if visitors see any dead or unwell birds, they do not touch or go near them and that they report it to us at our Visitor Centre during its opening hours, or by emailing us on outside of these times.”

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BVNA reveals results of council elections

News Story 1
 The successful candidates of the 2022 BVNA Council elections have been revealed.

This year there were 12 candidates standing for the five available places. A total of 266 votes were cast out of 5617 eligible voters.The elected candidates are: Christopher Appleton, Emma Foreman, Sarah Holliday, Nikki McLeod and Steph Worsley.

Bronwyn Bailey was the only person to apply for the student member vacancy, and has therefore been appointed without a vote.

The candidates will be presented to the AGM of the BVNA for ratification on Sunday, 9 October. 

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Views sought on NOAH Compendium

Users of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) Compendium app and website are being asked to share their views on how it can be improved.

In a new survey, users are asked about some suggested future developments, such as notifications for new and updated datasheets, sharing links to datasheets, and enhanced search functionality.

It comes after NOAH ceased publication of the NOAH Compendium book as part of its sustainability and environmental commitments. The website and the app will now be the main routes to access datasheets and view any changes.