Bird flu is a serious issue in the South West right now. There has been a number of cases of bird flue in poultry and wild and captive birds across the region, and Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset are now declared bird flu prevention zones in bid to halt outbreak
What does this mean for bird keepers? Under the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ), there is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to implement enhanced biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks.
See here for a detailed breakdown on what measures are now in place for bird keepers of different flock sizes.
If you suspect any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds you should report it by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.
You should also call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:
- One or more dead bird of prey or owl
- 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
- 5 or more dead birds of any species
Please make sure not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.
Whether it’s Chickens, geese, ducks or other bird types, I understand this is an inconvenience to bird keepers but it is important to adhere to the regulations and get this concerning situation under control.
Bird flu is serious. People keeping chickens in Devon & Cornwall should follow guidance to keep their birds separate and safe from potentially-infected wild birds. My family keep chickens and I know it's difficult to lock them down but it's important to do https://t.co/h2w8pJrPHs
— Luke Pollard MP (@LukePollard) September 1, 2022