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Nature offers a window on global natural history, providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment, and the magnificent creatures that inhabit it.
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BRETT WESTWOOD
Brett Westwood
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Monday 7 November 2005
Brett Westwood and guests in action at W.W.T Slimbridge.
Back row: Brett Westwood,
Prof. Chris Feare, James Kirkwood
Front row: Chris Sperring MBE, Ruth Cromie

NATURE: Bird Flu Special 

In this week's Nature we recorded a special debate programme earlier today (Monday 7 November) to address the issue of the bird flu virus H5N1, its impact on wild bird populations and our relationship with the wild birds of the UK.

Presenter Brett Westwood chairs the discussion stimulated by questions from our listeners.

His guests are…

James Kirkwood - Chief Executive and Scientific Director of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

Professor Chris Feare - Wildlife Consultant

Chris Sperring MBE - Conservation Officer, Hawk & Owl Trust

Ruth Cromie - Waterbird Biology Research Manager, WWT Slimbridge

The virus H5N1 is causing havoc amongst domesticated chickens in the Far East.  Recently this strain of deadly virus has been found in domestic birds in Eastern Europe.  There is a fear that migrant wild birds could help spread this disease.

This website has links to external organisations (Wildfowl & wetlands Trust, RSPB, Garden Bird Health Initiative Scheme) and to DEFRA - all of which contain important information.
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