A SOUTHAMPTON park is now safe to use following the discovery of several dead birds.

Mayflower Park has reopened and is now safe to use, according to the city council.

The waterfront space has since been cleaned and inspected.

It was closed on Sunday after a number of dead pigeons were found.

The cause of their deaths is currently unknown, however, an investigation has been launched.

A Southampton City Council spokesperson said: “Mayflower Park has reopened and is safe to use. This comes after the park was closed as a precaution on Sunday following the discovery of a number of dead birds.

“The affected areas were cleaned and the park was subsequently reopened later that day. We conducted follow-up inspections this morning and did not find any further dead birds or any other causes for concern.

“An investigation into what caused the death of the birds is underway.”