A SWAN has been found dead in a suspected case of avian flu.

The bird was found on Ulverston Canal on Wednesday May 12. The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have asked the public not to handle dead birds due to the risk of avian flu.

The RSPCA were called to the scene after the protected bird was found dead.

DEFRA have released guidelines for the public in regards to avian flu. A spokesperson said: " Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77."