We’ve had word from United Utilities that there has been a sudden increase in deaths in the Canada Geese around the club.

The cause is not known but is currently being investigated, it does not appear to be affecting the other birds there, and there is no evidence at this stage that it is transmissible to humans.

Until the full story is known we think it might be prudent to remind all sailors to avoid unnecessary contact with these birds (particularly any dead ones – which seem to be mainly on the NE shore) and to ensure that all sailors wash thoroughly after leaving the water.