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Avian influenza (bird flu)

The compulsory housing measures for poultry and captive birds were lifted at 23:59 on 31 March 2021.

The housing measures, which were introduced across Great Britain in December as one of a range of measures to stop the spread of avian influenza, have been a vital tool in protecting flocks across the country from the disease which is circulating in wild birds.

Defra, the Scottish Government and Welsh Government have been working closely with industry and bird keepers to ensure that there are strict biosecurity measures in and around poultry premises to help keep flocks safe.

Measures put in place have been successful in helping to contain the disease. While the risk of bird flu in poultry with good biosecurity has reduced to ‘low’ it remains at ‘medium’ where there is poor biosecurity and the risk of outbreaks is likely to persist for several weeks.

As a result, the enhanced biosecurity requirements that were brought in as part of the Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) on 11 November will remain in place and additional mandatory biosecurity measures have been introduced.

For more information see GOV.UK – Avian Influenza: Housing measures have been lifted.