Stop the Spread

Due to the current avian influenza (bird flu) outbreak, maintaining effective biosecurity has never been more critical.

Find out what you can do to keep your birds free of the disease by registering for one of Defra’s ‘stop the spread’ webinars.

Leading Defra epidemiologists and veterinary professionals will host these live events. They’ll cover:

  • the latest information on the national situation and the high number of cases in the North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire areas
  • essential biosecurity measures that all keepers of birds and poultry (pets or commercial) should be taking in these higher instance areas and the rest of the country

There’ll also be an opportunity to ask questions about biosecurity best practice.

Defra is running these bespoke events for the following sectors, so register for the relevant webinar.

Smallholder and hobbyist

Defra also held webinars on 17 and 21 December 2021.

Commercial producers

Defra also held webinars on 16 and 20 December 2021.


Defra held webinars for veterinarians in December 2021. A recording of the webinar will be published soon.

How to register

To register for a webinar:

  • choose the webinar or webinars you wish to attend from the list above
  • select the link for your preferred date and time
  • enter your name and email address, and organisation if applicable
  • click the ‘Register now’ link - this will register you for the webinar

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to add the webinar to your calendar. You do not need to download any software to access the webinar - the link will open in your browser.

Please join your chosen webinar 5 minutes before the start time.