Strict biosecurity is now mandatory

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ)
  • Following a number of detections of avian influenza in wild birds across Great Britain, the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole of Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and captive birds.
  • This means that from 5pm on Wednesday 3 November 2021 it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their birds.
  • The AIPZ now in force across GB, does not include a requirement to house birds. However, this is being kept under constant review. With the increased risk of Avian Influenza during the winter, the need to include a mandatory housing requirement in the AIPZ may arise. Further disease control measures will be based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice.
  • Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation and the AIPZ are available at:
The most recent Avian Influenza H5N1 case has been notified in Scotland:

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland has confirmed a case of H5N1 Avian Influenza in birds at a premises in the Angus constituency, Scotland. Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain.

3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place surrounding the premises.

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