An avian influenza prevention zone is in place in the UK.

Why bird flu is being monitored

Bird flu can cause severe disease and high death rates in captive birds and domestic poultry. 

This can impact on the production of poultry meat and eggs, and severely compromise the welfare of affected birds. 

Why the measures have been brought in

Since October 2021 the UK has faced its largest ever outbreak of bird flu.   

There have been 286 confirmed cases in England since the start of October 2021, and multiple reports in wild birds.   

What bird keepers must do

Housing measures were lifted on 18 April 2023 but there is still a prevention zone applying to the UK, meaning strict biosecurity rules still apply.  

All bird keepers should comply with the law and limit the risk of the disease spreading. 

Report a breach of restrictions 

To report a breach of the prevention zone restrictions contact us by:  

More information 

You can find out more about the latest situation and details of the requirements of the prevention zone on GOV.UK.

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