THE swan feared to have died of the deadly strain of bird flu in Scotland was found more than a week ago on a harbour slipway, it emerged today.
Tests were being carried out today on the decomposed body of the bird, which was found in the village of Cellardyke in Fife.
The swan has tested positive for the `highly pathogenic H5 avian flu' and it will be confirmed later today if it had the deadly H5N1 strain, which can be fatal to humans.
Checkpoints remain in place on roads leading out of the village, with police ensuring any vehicle containing poultry or poultry products, such as eggs, do not leave the area.
There is a two-mile exclusion zone around Cellardyke harbour.
A police spokesman said: "There are no large bird-rearing areas or anything similar in this particular area. But we are just making sure that everything stays confined until we hear the results of the tests.
* Poultry keepers in Kirklees are being urged to play their part in fighting bird flu.
Council officials are calling on them to register their birds as part of a national scheme.
The Great Britain Poultry Register will be an essential part of controlling bird flu if it spreads to the UK.
The Kirklees call came as the deadliest form of bird flu was identified on a farm in Saxony, eastern Germany.
In Britain, councils will help to keep control of stock movements.
People who own or are responsible for 50 or more poultry at commercial premises must give their details to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
People with smaller numbers of birds, or who have non-commercial flocks, can register voluntarily.
Kirklees Cabinet member Clr Ann Denham said: "People who keep birds should not panic. But it is sensible to plan, in case there is an outbreak.
"A vital part of controlling any bird flu in our area will be to help and advise poultry keepers on how to comply with any controls.
"If people are registered, even if they only have a small flock, we can make sure they get that help quickly."
For information, visit www.defra. gov.uk or ring 08459 335577.