Keep up to date with the latest position on avian influenza at this page of the gov.uk website
Update 5th July 2017
The restrictions that were in place due to the outbreak of Avian Influenza in Diss, Norfolk have been removed today. This means that lofts located within the 10km zone around the outbreak are now able to continue training, racing and attending shows.
There are currently no restrictions in place at any premises across the country.
Update 7th June 2017
The restrictions that were in place due to the avian influenza Protection/Surveillance Zone around Thornton, Wyre, Lancashire have now been lifted. Fanciers within that area are now able to train, fly etc.
Update 5th June 2017
An outbreak of Avian Influenza was confirmed at a farm near Diss, Norfolk on Saturday 3rd June.
OUTBREAK OF AVIAN INFLUENZA DISS, NORFOLK
Due to a confirmed outbreak near Diss, Norfolk 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 these 10km zones please refer to this interactive map.
PLEASE NOTE that due to this outbreak the BICC marking station at Diss will be unavailable until further notice.