Keep up to date with the latest position on avian influenza at this page of the gov.uk website
Previous update – 5th May 2017
Unfortunately an outbreak of Avian Infleunza was confirmed at a farm in Wyre, Lancashire on 4th May 2017.
The following is the latest advice provided by DEFRA in respect of this outbreak:
OUTBREAK OF AVIAN INFLUENZA NEAR THORNTON, WYRE, LANCASHIRE
Due to a confirmed outbreak near Thornton, Wyre, Lancashire there is currently an avian influenza Protection/Surveillance Zone in place around the site of the outbreak.
AVIAN INFLUENZA AND PIGEONS – EXERCISING, SHOWING, SALES, TRAINING AND RACING
The following guidance provides clarity for pigeon fanciers on the implications of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
For those fanciers whose pigeons are kept outside of the Protection/Surveillance Zones (10km zones around HPAI outbreaks):
You are able to take part in all pigeon gatherings such as shows, sales, training and racing whilst adhering to the requirements of the general licence, as well as the enhanced biosecurity requirements in place across the UK as part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone – please refer to the RPRA website for the general licence requirements. You can exercise your birds as normal.
For those fanciers that house pigeons within the Protection/Surveillance Zone (10km zones around HPAI outbreaks):
If you live within a 10km Surveillance Zone around an outbreak you are unable to take part in any gatherings, i.e. shows, sales, training or racing until the restrictions within these zones have been lifted.
To establish if your lofts/pigeons are housed within the current 10km zone please refer to this map.