Rural Watch – East Shropshire

Information as it becomes available in regards thefts and warnings in your area.

Rural News from around the Patch

***** AVIAN BIRD FLU *****

ABOUT half of Stratford’s swan population are estimated to have been killed by avian flu.

Cyril Bennis, of Stratford Swan Rescue, said on Thursday afternoon that about 40 swans had died.

It’s nearly half,” he said. “It’s staggering and I’m not sure what’s going to come next.

It’s so unpredictable. One minute they’re fine and the next minute they’re not.”

Mr Bennis had been dealing with the outbreak on the River Avon on his own for the first few days before being joined by RSPCA officers.

A week into the ordeal, and following other outbreaks of the virus across the UK, Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) put a country-wide avian flu prevention zone in place with members of the public being asked to report any sightings of dead wild birds.


Keepers with more than 500 birds have to restrict access for non-essential people on their sites, workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and site vehicles will need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

While ‘backyard’ owners with smaller numbers of poultry including chickens, ducks or geese, must also take steps to limit the risk of bird flu spreading to their animals.




There has been an increase in the number of trailer thefts across their area.


Old type Land Rover vehicles are also a prime target.


Warwickshire Police are clamping down on hare coursing

PC Andy King explained that the Rural Crime Team are focussed on preventing hare coursing: “There’s been a sharp rise in hare coursing across the county however Warwickshire Police are now proud to be part of Operation Galileo, a national police effort to tackle this barbaric illegal ‘sport’.”***********************************************************************