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Bird flu outbreak on Farne Islands risks ‘unprecedented wildlife tragedy’

Thousands of bird carcasses collected from vital bird habitat as infection jumps from domestic flocks to wildlife

A bird flu outbreak on one of the UK’s most important habitats that could kill tens of thousands of seabirds has been described as an “unprecedented wildlife tragedy”.

Rangers working on the Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast, have donned protective suits and so far collected more than 3,000 dead birds for incineration.

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