2021 – Avian Flu Update

8th November 2021

Changes to bird shows, markets and gatherings general licences: Following a risk assessment and the introduction of a Great Britain-wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, the General Bird Gathering Licences have been amended to prohibit gatherings of poultry and specified species of birds. Changes take effect from 00:01 on Monday 8 November. Further information is available on GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bird-gatherings-licences, GOV.SCOT: https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-outbreaks/ and GOV.WALES: https://gov.wales/bird-gatherings-general-licence-gatherings


3rd November 2021

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has come into force across Great Britain as of 5pm on 3 November 2021. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from avian influenza. For more information see GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#AIPZ, GOV.SCOT: https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-outbreaks/ and GOV.WALES: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update


1st April 2021

Poultry housing measures have now been lifted but the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone remains in place. Ensure you follow the enhanced mandatory biosecurity guidance as the risk of avian influenza continues. More information at: GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu,

GB Governments have announced plans to lift poultry housing measures from 23:59 on 31 March. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone mandatory biosecurity measures remain in place for all birds. If you intend to allow your birds outside after 31 March you must take action now to prepare the outside areas, please check the information available at: GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu,

How to prepare for when your free-range birds can be let outside again (PDF, 68.4KB, 3 pages)

14th December 2020

Due to the risk of avian influenza, new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds will come into force on 14th December in England, Scotland and Wales. It will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures



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