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Police confirm suspected cause of Anglesey starling deaths
The starlings were found near Llyn Llywenan, Bodedern, on Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Bodies of hundreds of birds were discovered in December 2019

North Wales police have confirmed what most likely caused a group of nearly 300 starlings to mysteriously die in Anglesey in December.

The birds were discovered scattered on an unclassified road and in nearby hedgerows, but none were found in the surrounding fields. Some were still alive when the group was found but were visibly weak and unable to fly, dying shortly after.

The story sparked global interest, with people speculating on a number of causes, from bird flu, to 5G signals, to a sonic boom. Leading both the RAF and Vodaphone to release statements rejecting their involvement.

In a series of tweets published on the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team’s twitter, the police stated that they are still awaiting toxicology reports, however “It’s highly likely the murmuration took avoiding action whilst airborne, possibly [from] a bird of prey, with the rear of the group not pulling up in time and striking the ground.”

According to the police, initial tests carried out by the Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) confirming trauma and internal bleeding as the cause of death, support the theory that the birds died from impact with the road.

35 starlings were taken for examination, one of which was found to have a ring on its left leg having been ringed in Lithuania in 2015, making it four years old and 1,662 km away from Anglesey from the point of ringing.

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk