As of today the whole of England has been placed in a prevention zone to protect from the spread of Avian Influenza (bird flu).
To find out what this means for your flock please follow the link below, in summary you are required to improve flock bio-security.
The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:
- Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
- Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
- Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures;
- Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;
- Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.
For more information, please see:
DEFRA News: Bird flu prevention zone extended to cover whole of England