Flamingo forum

DZG Head of Birds Nicola Wright has attended a flamingo forum on coping with any future outbreak of avian influenza in the UK.

The section leader received a certificate after attending the ABWAK (Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers) Flamingo Keepers’ Workshop on bird biosecurity, hosted by ZSL London Zoo on July 26.

The day-long course focused on specific biosecurity issues since bird flu hit the UK headlines at the start of the year. The closest case to us affected wild birds in Warwickshire and the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone across England was eventually lifted in May.

The workshop was attended by more than 30 bird keepers from zoo and private collections across the country.

Nicola said: “It was very informative and should prove really useful moving forwards in helping us decide how to manage flamingo health under avian influenza restrictions.

“It was also a great opportunity to make good links with people in the rest of the zoo industry.”