A SECOND warning for Fifers has been issued as Bird Flu cases are confirmed in the Kingdom.

Safer Communities Fife have issued a plea for walkers to avoid the animals, which have been appearing on shorelines and could be infectious.

They updated their Facebook page: "We’re continuing to work with partners following confirmation of avian flu on Edinburgh and East Lothian coastlines.

"Dead and ill sea birds are appearing on Fife shores, so it's really important to follow this guidance if you're out and about:

- Don't pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds

- Keep pets/dogs away from any dead or sick birds

- Don't feed wild waterfowl

- Don't touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings

"If you keep poultry or other birds, wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds

"Please report any dead wild waterfowl to DEFRA's hotline on 03459 335577.

"For removal of dead birds contact Fife Council on 03451 55 00 22. Fife Coast and Countryside Trust will assess and uplift if required.

"If you find a live but ailing bird call SSPCA on 03000 999 999.

"Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu."

Earlier this month, the Press reported that Fife Council were aware of a risk of dead or ill birds being found on shorelines.

Avian, or Bird, Flu is a disease caused by viruses that spread among wild water birds, in some cases it can spread to other birds, poultry and animals.

While unlikely, it is also possible for humans to be infected.