Animal health

Avian influenza (bird flu)

An Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) is in place across Great Britain.

This means:

  • It's a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease. View biosecurity advice on GOV.UK.
  • Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.
  • Bird keepers should report suspicion of disease in England to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.
  • You should not touch or pick up any dead or sick birds that you find. If you find dead swans, geese or ducks, or other dead wild birds such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77.
  • If you've not already done so, you should register your birds even if they're only kept as pets, so DEFRA or Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) can contact you quickly if there's a disease outbreak in the area. You're legally required to register your birds if you keep more than 50. If you've fewer than 50 birds you're strongly encouraged to register these. It's also a legal requirement to notify APHA of any significant changes in the average number of birds kept. (Poultry includes chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, pigeons bred for meat, partridges, quail, guinea fowl and pheasants.)

Latest on avian influenza on GOV.UK

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