Bird flu restrictions remain in place on the Isle of Wight, with no new cases notified to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) so far in 2021.

In December, it was confirmed that a mute swan, found dead at Ryde Canoe Lake, had contracted the virus.

The popular spot has barriers up.

Islanders are asked not to use the footpath there.

Part of the Island, around the National Trust's wild bird haven at Newtown nature reserve, is identified as a Higher Risk Area.

It is part of a protection zone that stretches to the New Forest's coast, shown on an interactive map produced by Defra's animal and plant health agency.

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Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight Council told the County Press the number of reported incidences in domestic birds had slowed across the country.

However, Islanders who keep birds should continue to take precautions and follow Defra advice, said County Hall.

Since December 14, all bird keepers in England (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks, or a few birds in a backyard flock) have been required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions including keeping their birds indoors (except in very specific circumstances).

Isle of Wight County Press: Bird flu restrictions at Ryde Canoe Lake