Catch Up

There has been a lot of big news today, so here’s a quick summary.

The gov has launched a new TT23 consultation.

Tim Crookall resigned from CoMin.

The gov is conducting a review into cannabis.

And the Chief Min outlined a bold new economic strategy.

Dead Birds

People are asked not to touch sick or dead birds after a significant number were found washed up on beaches in the Isle of Man. The gov’s vets have collected more than 20 carcases along the south and west coast since the first finding on Fenella Beach in Peel last Thursday.

The dead birds, which are mainly guillemots, have also been found at Fleshwick, Spaldrick, Niarbyl and Kirk Michael, with further reports in Port Erin and near the Calf of Man. 

Environment Minister Clare Barber said: ‘We are aware of a significant number of wild bird deaths in several locations and are carrying out surveillance. We ask anyone who keeps birds to maintain good biosecurity to protect them and while the risk to human health is low it is very important that people don’t touch sick or dead birds.’

Anyone who finds two or more large waterfowl, such as swans or geese, together and recently dead, or six or more smaller birds should contact Animal Health on 685844 or by emailing agriculture@gov.im and give as many details as possible.