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Avian Influenza

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) came into force across Great Britain on 3 November 2021 making it a legal requirement for all bird keepers - whether you have one pet bird or 10,000 hens - to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect your birds from Avian Influenza (Bird Flu). 

On 29 November the Order was expanded to require all captive birds and poultry to be housed. These are all measures to stop the current spread of the disease across the UK.

Find the latest information and guidance on the government website

Registering your birds

 All bird keepers are encouraged to register their poultry, even if only kept as pets, so the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) can contact them during an outbreak.

 This is a legal requirement if you have 50 or more birds.  

Reporting dead wild birds

Public health advice remains that the risk to human health from the virus is very low. Nevertheless, DEFRA is reminding the public not to touch or pick up any dead or sick birds that they find but to report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

If you suspect any type of Bird Flu in poultry or captive birds, you must report it immediately calling the DEFRA Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence.

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