Brittany: bird flu decimates birds in the Sept-Iles nature reserve

A carnage. Since early July, bird flu has been wreaking havoc in the bird colony of the Sept-Iles nature reserve in Brittany. On Rouzic Island, which hosts the only colony of northern gannets in France and herring gulls, the nests are empty in the middle of the nesting season, and the birds live right in the middle of the corpses of their congeners.

Witness the images shared at the end of August by an amateur animal photographer, in the local newspaper The Tregor, and the cameras that continuously film these protected sites. The Bird Protection League (LPO) controls a control area, noting that 80% of nests have been deserted since the beginning of July, report our colleagues from Parisian. Behind this situation “worrying and unprecedented”, according to the curator of the site, Pascal Provost: the virus ofavian influenzathe epidemic of which was progressing at the end of March in poultry farms and backyards in Brittany.


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