Bird Flu identified at a rescue centre in Worcestershire

Please be aware Defra has issued the following press notice:
  • On the 26th October 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a rescue centre near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire. Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain. A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone has been put in place around the premises.
  • Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on our interactive map.
  • For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see
Bird keepers are reminded that high standards of biosecurity should be maintained as good practice for the health of their birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.
Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:
Wild birds are on the move