Belfast Park Closed Due To Avian Flu Outbreak

A PARK in north Belfast which was closed last month due to an outbreak of avian flu has reopened.

The Waterworks was shut by Belfast city council after 16 dead birds had been removed.

Closing the park until further notice, the council said it had engaged an independent expert to review its approach and management plan to deal with the issue.

It also arranged for an on-call vet to be available to assess sick and dying birds.

The closure had followed distressing scenes whereby visitors had come across dead birds and those affected by bird flu.

One month on, SDLP councillor Paul McCusker said: "Officers have conducted further bird welfare checks with the contracted vet and independent expert this week.

"Following these checks, council are now able to announce that the recent outbreak of Avian Bird Flu at the Waterworks has stabilised."

There was a soft opening of the site on Friday with the official reopening today. Initially the opening hours for January will be from 9am to 4pm.

Those planning on visiting have been advised to keep their distance from birds and their droppings, not to feed birds, to keep dogs on leads away from birds, maintain good personal hygiene including regular hand-washing.

Visitors have also been asked to report any incidents of distressed birds to the park warden service on 028 9032 0202.

Mr McCusker said Belfast City Council had arranged for its vet to complete a weekly bird welfare check on the site for the remainder of the month.

Source : https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2022/01/08/news/north-belfast-park-closed-last-month-due-to-avian-flu-outbreak-reopens-2554896/

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