04.12.20: New housing measures, which will come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 14th December, mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of Avian Influenza and eradicate the disease.
These housing measures build on the strengthened biosecurity measures that were brought in as part of the Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) on 11th November.
DEFRA has confirmed to us that this WILL also apply to racing pigeons.
30.11.20: On 28th November, Avian Influenza H5N8 was confirmed in fattening turkeys at a premises near Northallerton, North Yorkshire. This was confirmed as Highly Pathogenic on the 29th November and a 3km Protection and 10km Surveillance Zone put in place around the infected premises.
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone currently in place means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in GB (whether they are keeping pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to follow strict biosecurity measures. All bird keepers must:
* maintain the highest standards of biosecurity to prevent the introduction of disease
* report any clinical signs indicative of avian influenza to the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact their local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
All keepers can find the latest information on gov.uk at the following links:
23.11.20: Updated information. H5N8 avian influenza in captive birds at a wetland centre near Stroud, Gloucestershire now confirmed as highly pathogenic. The 3km and 10km temporary control zones have been revoked and a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone is now in place. More information on the measures that apply including important biosecurity advice is available on the GOV.UK website.
21.11.20: Avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed in poultry and captive birds at a premises near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. This was confirmed as Highly Pathogenic on the 23rd November and a 3km Protection and 10km Surveillance Zone put in place around the infected premises.
19.11.20: Avian influenza H5N8 was also confirmed in captive birds at a wetland centre (non-poultry premises) near Stroud in Gloucestershire. This was confirmed as Highly Pathogenic on the 20th November. Following a risk assessment a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone was put in place around the premises.
Further details on the measures that apply in each of these disease control zones can be found in the relevant declarations available on GOV.UK
12.11.20: Further testing has confirmed a case of avian influenza H5N8 in broiler breeder chickens near Leominster in Herefordshire to be a highly pathogenic strain.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England effective from 5pm on 11 November 2020. Declarations for an AIPZ in Scotland and Wales have also been made by the Scottish Government and Welsh Government.
The AIPZ means a bird keeper in England (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions. Further details of the measures that apply in the AIPZ can be found in the AIPZ declaration and DEFRA biosecurity guidance.
Bird gatherings are not permitted within the AIPZ. The general licence for bird gatherings was revoked on 11 November 2020, meaning that shows, group training, races etc are prohibited while the prevention
zone is in force.
11.11.20: The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that routine monitoring has detected the H5N8 strain of avian influenza in a very small number of wild birds in Gloucestershire, Devon and Dorset.
We would like to remind all bird keepers of the need to maintain the highest standards of biosecurity to prevent the introduction of disease, and to report any clinical signs indicative of avian influenza in poultry.
All keepers can find the latest biosecurity advice on gov.uk at the following links:
03.11.20: The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has notified us that H5N8 avian flu has been confirmed at a premises near Frodsham in Cheshire that produces hatching eggs. 3km and 10km temporary control zones are now in place.
More information, including important biosecurity advice, is available on the GOV.UK website.