The council will remove most dead animals, both domestic and wild, from public roads and council-owned land, usually within 24 hours. This free service does not cover animals which are smaller than a cat, unless the animal is in an area which is busy with pedestrians, such as a high street. If the animal is micro-chipped the owner is notified.
The council does not remove dead animals from private land. This is the responsibility of the landowner, who can either make their own arrangements to take the animal to a local veterinary surgery or they can contact a private contractor. Contact details can be found on our Business Directory (see below).
There are special regulations for disposing of dead farm animals, following outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in England. All dead farm animals must be disposed of by a registered renderer or at a knackers’ yard:
Watson's Knackery, Swanmore
Hambledon Hunt Kennels, Droxford
Hampshire Hunt Kennels
New Forest Fox Hounds
Vine & Craven Fox Hounds, Hannington
There is new advice on reporting dead birds because of concerns about Avian Flu. You should report one or more dead swans or three dead birds of the same species, or more than five dead birds from different species on the DEFRA helpline 08459 335577.
DEFRA may, depending on the circumstances, collect the carcasses for testing. If they do not, the council will remove dead bird carcasses from roads, pavements and public land but will not remove them from private land or property.
If you handle bird carcasses you are advised to wear rubber or protective gloves and ensure that you thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water afterwards. Any clothing that touches the animals should also be thoroughly washed. If you feel that you should dispose of the carcasses, double wrap them in plastic bags and place them in your green refuse bin.
Telephone: 0300 300 0013