Avian flu protection

Dec 16 2020


Following confirmation of Avian Influenza (AI) at several locations in England, the risk level of avian influenza incursion in wild birds in Great Britain has been raised to ‘high’ and as a result an AI Protection Zone has been declared in England, Scotland and Wales (11 November 2020).

New measures were introduced on 3 December which make it a legal requirement from 14 December 2020 for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease. See the full requirements.

Biosecurity and guidance - We would like to remind all poultry keepers of what signs to look out for, and the importance of good biosecurity. For up to date advice see Avian Influenza.

Poultry Register - If you are not already on the poultry register we would encourage you to register now, this is voluntary for any one with less than 50 birds, but compulsory for anyone with over 50 birds. It will allow you to be better informed to help protect your flock. Details of how to register.

Wild birds - If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77