A SECOND outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed in Scotland.

The Scottish Government said a flock of kept birds at a gamebirds rearing site in Leven, Fife, has tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

The birds on site will be culled and temporary control zones of 1.8 miles (3km) and six miles (10km) have been set up to limit disease risk.

A range of controls are in place in these zones, including restrictions on the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure.

The latest outbreak follows confirmation of cases of the H5N8 strain in a flock of free-range chickens on a poultry farm in Sanday, Orkney, in December.

Thirty-nine birds in that flock died and the remaining 11 were put down.

Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said: “We are conducting further tests."