2021/22 – Avian Flu Update

25th April 22

Good News ….

The mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds, which were introduced across the United Kingdom to help stop the spread of bird flu, will be lifted from 00:01 on Monday 2 May 2022, the Chief Veterinary Officers have confirmed today.

Poultry and other captive birds will no longer need to be housed, unless they are in a Protection Zone, and will be allowed to be kept outside. While the risk of bird flu has been reduced to ‘medium’ for premises with poor biosecurity, the enhanced biosecurity requirements that were brought in as part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) will remain in force as infection may still be circulating in the environment for several more weeks. All poultry gatherings will remain banned.

Those who intend to allow their birds outside are advised to use the upcoming days to prepare their outside areas for the release of their birds. This will include cleansing and disinfection of hard surfaces, fencing off ponds or standing water and reintroduction of wild bird deterrents – please check the information available on GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/…/bird-keepers-urged-to-maintain…

March 22

Cases of bird flu continue to be confirmed in both poultry and other captive birds. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ), including the requirement to keep birds housed and follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease from poultry and other captive birds, remains in force across the UK.

Whether you have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock find out what you can do to keep your birds free of avian influenza by watching one our avian influenza ‘stop the spread’ webinars.

29th November 2021

New housing measures, which came into force at 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021, mean that it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.


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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