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Avian influenza (bird flu)

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been declared across the whole of England effective from 5pm on 11 November 2020. Read the Government press release at GOV.UK – Avian influenza (bird flu) national prevention zone declared.

All poultry keepers in England (whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions. Read biosecurity guidance at GOV.UK – Avian influenza (bird flu).

If you keep poultry (including gamebirds or pet birds) or other captive birds, you must act now to reduce the risk of disease in your flock by following the relevant biosecurity measures required within the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.

Good biosecurity improves the overall health and productivity of your flock by helping keep out poultry diseases such as avian influenza and limiting the spread of disease in an outbreak.

All bird gatherings within the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone are prohibited therefore the general licence that had permitted bird gatherings has been revoked.