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Investigation launched into death of birds in Goodmayes Park

Birds in Goodmayes Park are believed to have died from a paralytic disease that stopped them from using their legs and wings (Credit: Google Maps)

An investigation has been launched after more than  20 dead birds were found in a lake in Goodmayes Park. 

Residents reported seeing dead ducks and geese floating in the water at the weekend. 

“At first appearance, there are some signs that this could be a bout of Avian Botulism,” said a spokesperson for Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure (RCL). 

“However, we will make no assumptions, and have already tasked DEFRA and the Environment Agency for assistance.

“Our teams have retrieved around 20 dead birds from the lake. I do urge members of the public not to try and retrieve anything from the lake however due to the health risks of being around deep water.”

Avian Botulism is a paralytic disease that prevents birds from using their legs and wings, often leading to their death. 

Outbreaks of the disease occur relatively frequently in England and Wales and can last for several weeks. 

“Parks staff are regularly patrolling the area, and undertake visual inspections 3 times per day, to assess any changes in the situation,” added the spokesperson. 

There is no risk to the public but if anyone would like to report/question the issue they can contact the parks service by emailing Parks.Enquiries@visionrcl.org.uk

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