FARMING leaders will meet the Scottish Executive today as security measures against the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus are put in place.
The National Farmers' Union said a meeting has been arranged between its senior figures and Scottish rural affairs minister Ross Finnie.
It follows the confirmation of Britain's first case of the H5N1 strain yesterday, found in a dead swan in Scotland.
The bird was discovered in the harbour in the coastal village of Cellardyke, Fife.
Officials also revealed tests for possible bird flu were being carried out on 14 wild birds from Scotland.
These include samples from 12 swans and two other species of bird.
A "wild bird risk area" covering 1,000 square miles in eastern Scotland has been set up by veterinary leaders and is now in place.
It requires poultry keepers within the zone, who own an estimated 3.1m birds, to keep their flocks under cover or separate from wild birds.
The Government's chief scientific adviser insisted today that there is no crisis over bird flu.
Sir David King also said that Britain is "probably better prepared" than any other nation because of its experience of foot-and-mouth.
Sir David spoke at a meeting of Cobra, the Government's crisis management committee yesterday. He said he had told the committee the country was not facing a crisis.
"I didn't describe this as a crisis, no," he said. "I don't think that one dead swan is a crisis.
"I think that what it meant was that we immediately had to step up our surveillance procedures, we had to see that animal movements were restricted and we had to make sure that all of our reactions were done in the proper and reasonably constrained way."
He went on to insist that management of the situation was "in a very different place at this point in time" compared to the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak.