Alex noticed eight dead starlings in a group by the hedges outside the Mill back in early February. Alex phoned Defra as there were concerns about bird flu/poisoning and what they might have died.
Here is the response.
Hi All - that report on the starlings I found up by the mill has just come through (very late as they said it would only take a couple days!)
In essence non of them died of avian flu. They all appear to have been suffering some form of kidney disease (nephropathy or visceral gout) that is common in caged birds - it seems they are looking into that further though.
So glad it is neither avian flu nor poison.