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Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Declared

Fri 5 November 2021

In response to an increase in reported incidents of avian influenza in wild birds, and also the detection of the disease in captive birds, the entire of Great Britain has been declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ).

Therefore, with immediate effect, it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks. Bird keepers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with DEFRA’s avian flu advice and must.

  • Keep domestic ducks and geese separate from other poultry;
  • Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
  • Feed and water their birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
  • Minimise movement into and out of bird enclosures;
  • Cleanse 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;
  • Keep free ranging birds within fenced areas, and ponds, watercourses and permanent standing water must be fenced off (except in specific circumstances, e.g. zoo birds).

In addition, keepers with more than 500 birds will need to restrict access for non-essential people on their sites, workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and site vehicles will need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Poultry keepers and members of the public are asked to report dead wild birds to Defra’s national dead wild bird helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (please select option 7).

Bird keepers in England should also report suspicion of disease to the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) on 03000 200 301.

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