Warning to poultry and bird keepers of Avian Flu prevention zone

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone across England for people who keep poultry or captive birds.

If you keep poultry, you should keep a close watch on them for signs of disease, and maintain good biosecurity at all times.

If you have any concerns about the health of your poultry, seek prompt advice from your vet.

 

 

 

 

The prevention zone means you must:

  • Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and removing wild bird food sources
  • Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds
  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
  • Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy
  • Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy areas.

If you keep more than 500 birds you will also be required to take some extra biosecurity measures including: restricting access to non-essential people, changing clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures, and cleaning and disinfecting vehicles.

The prevention zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review. The restrictions are not as severe as for the outbreak in 2017 as there is no requirement to house birds at this time.

For more information please see the guidance from Defra