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Housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza are being extended and will be in force across England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November 2022.

This means that, from this time, it will be a mandatory requirement for all bird keepers across England to keep their birds housed and to follow strict biosecurity measures, in order to limit the spread and to eradicate the disease.

More information is available on GOV.​UK at:

Definitive requirements are set out in the published declarations for each disease control zone currently in force. More information is available on GOV.​UK:

The other devolved administrations

are continuing to monitor the situation, and all keepers are urged to be vigilant for signs of the disease.

APHA (after lobbying by organisations such as ourselves) have acknowledged that there are welfare problems confining larger birds such as geese, and non-domestic birds which do not accept confinement. We urge you to comply as closely as possible to the measures. See this link (Schedule 3 Paragraph 2 refers)