Cause of seagull deaths at Wistlandpound unknown
ALL dead birds found at a North Devon reservoir have now been removed, South West Water has said.
Around 150 seagulls were recovered from Wistlandpound reservoir, near Blackmoor Gate, after being found dead in and around the water.
Two were sent off to the Environment Agency for testing, which revealed the cause of death to be unknown.
South West Lakes Trust owns the reservoir which is run by South West Water and supplies drinking water to Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Barnstaple. The water firm stated last week no drinking water had been affected.
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Caroline Abbott, South West Water spokesman, said: "No dead birds have been reported at any of our reservoirs since the end of July, and all the birds that were found have now been removed. Tests have confirmed that the seagulls sent to Defra's lab in Starcross did not die of avian flu.
"However, in the absence of new samples, cause of death will remain unknown. Water quality in the reservoirs has been tested and is normal."