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Avian Influenza

There is a national Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in place across England in response to a number of confirmed Avian Influenza (bird flu) cases. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) came into force across the whole of  England on 11 November, and covers both captive and wild birds. 

For the latest news on the disease as well as comprehensive guidance and advice, please visit Gov.uk

Public Health England has said the risk of this virus to the public is very low. 

The Food Standards Agency has stated that properly cooked poultry, poultry products and eggs are still safe to eat.

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  1. What the prevention zone means for poultry keepers
  2. Reporting breaches of control zone rules
  3. Reporting sick or dead wild or captive birds
  4. Main symptoms of avian influenza
  5. Keep updated
  6. APHA animal disease alert subscription service

What the prevention zone means for poultry keepers

In very broad terms, the AIPZ introduces strict biosecurity requirements for those that keep birds, whether as a commercial entity or as private individuals, and on 14th December, the Order was extended to require all poultry and captive birds to be housed or otherwise separated from wild birds. This Order is in place until further notice.

View the full details of the order here

In addition the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced:

If you keep poultry, DEFRA ask you to complete and produce a self-assessment if you're asked to by representatives of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) or Local Authority.


This is in addition to the usual requirement to register your poultry with the APAH if you keep 50 birds or more.

Find out more about the full controls


Reporting breaches of the prevention zone

The strict rules are in place to help protect wild birds, captive birds and our commercial stocks from the spread of Bird Flu. We would therefore encourage anyone who is aware of breaches of these rules to please let us know by emailing our shared service partner: tradingstandards@peterborough.gov.uk

  • name and address of where the breach was or is being committed
  • why you think they are breaching the rules
  • type and number of birds affected

Reporting sick or dead wild or captive birds

To report a dead wild bird, contact the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra):

Call: 03459 33 55 77 (select option 7) 

If you suspect any type of bird flu in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline:

Call: 03000 200 301

Main symptoms of avian influenza

What to look out for:

  • swollen head
  • blue discolouration of neck and throat
  • loss of appetite
  • respiratory distress - for example a gaping beak, coughing, sneezing, gurgling, rattling
  • diarrhoea
  • fewer eggs laid
  • increased mortality

Keep updated

This page will be updated when more information becomes available.

Find the latest information and guidance on the government website

Find out more about the AIPZ

APHA animal disease alert subscription service

You can subscribe to an Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) service which will notify you when there is an exotic notifiable animal disease outbreak in the UK. 

Subscribe to receive animal disease alerts

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