Currently no wildlife in the UK is known to be infected with coronavirus and we want it to stay that way. Some zoo animals have tested positive despite C19 measures and also farmed mink in the USA with one confirmed wild mink found in the USA. CV19 is thought to have originated from wild bats and another unknown wild animal and there is a small danger that humans can give CV19 back to other mammals.
Following Government/Defra/Natural England advice with regards to this please follow the following guidance.
· If you feel unwell do not go out or feed wild animals.
· Keep a safe distance away from all setts or other animal “dens”, staying at least 2metres away from sett holes, paths, latrines, spoil etc.
· Do not disturb the spoil looking for hairs.
· If you feed wild mammals take covid precautions to prevent possible transfer of CV19 on food/dishes etc.
* wash hands, gel, then put on disposable or washable gloves
*wear a mask
* wash foodstuffs like fruit
*use a washed scoop for peanuts
*wear a mask near the feeding area
*regularly wash/disinfect dishes (10% bleach solution is recommended observing the safe handling instructions of bleach on the label)
*do not feed animals by hand and wear a mask if they are likely to approach you closely.
· If you come across an injured animal try to avoid physical contact, but if absolutely necessary keep close contact to a minimum and use covering over your hands and face. (You might want to consider always carrying a mask and disposable gloves just in case.) Call us on 07843808124 if it is a badger, otherwise RSPCA.
Thank you for adhering to this advice, the risk to our wildlife is very small but very dangerous if transmission occurred so lets stay on the safe side. You may not feel unwell but many, many, many people are thought to still have or carry Covid19 (asymptomatic. )
We have amended our risk assessments for our active members.
Stay safe, regards