7th December 2016
Avian Influenza, more commonly known as bird flu, mainly affects birds. It can also affect humans and other mammals though the risk is much, much less in the current situation.
Due to the presence of avian flu in mainland Europe, the UK has been declared a protection zone.
Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. Unfortunately this does apply to those people with a small number of backyard birds as much as it applies to the big producers. This is to protect the large numbers of birds in the UK and the people working with them.
This will be the case for the next 30 days.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) can cause death along with the following signs: swollen heads, blue discolouration of the neck and throat, loss of appetite, respiratory distress such as gaping beak, coughing, sneezing, gurgling, rattling, diarrhoea, and fewer eggs being laid.
If you keep poultry or other captive birds please visit the government site below for the latest news and further information.