- 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.