Nationwide avian influenza (bird flu) prevention zone declared

Following recent outbreaks of avian influenza, a prevention zone has been declared across England, Scotland and Wales to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading.

This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. 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.

Backyard owners with smaller numbers of poultry, including chickens, ducks and geese, are also urged to strengthen their biosecurity measures in order to prevent further outbreaks of avian influenza in the UK.

For more information see the press releases from the UK Government, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.