Avian Influenza: Enhanced Biosecurity is still mandatory.

Following outbreaks in East Staffordshire (HPAI H5N8) and Cheshire (LPAI H5N3) toward the end of the month, DEFRA urgently reviewed the risk of avian influenza to both wild and kept birds and the implications of preceding with the lifting of the housing measures component of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ).
The GB-wide AIPZ requiring enhanced biosecurity will remain in force but from 1st April poultry and other captive birds no longer need to be housed in GB (housing restrictions end 23:59 31st March 2021). Bird gatherings will remain prohibited.
  • In particular it is critical that bird keepers prevent contact either directly or indirectly between their birds and wild birds including:
  • when birds are released they must be in a fenced area;
  • where necessary ponds and watercourses must be fenced off to minimise contact with wild birds;
  • taking action to protect bedding, feed and water sources at all times from contact with both wild birds and bird faeces.

High standards of biosecurity remain essential as infection may still be present in the environment. Read their guidance on how to prepare for safe release of your birds available on GOV.UKHowever, housing remains mandatory for all poultry and captive birds which are located in the 3km Protection Zone surrounding an infected premises. Check where disease control zones are currently located and if you are in zone on our interactive map.