There have now been several cases of Bird Flu confirmed throughout the UK including one locally in Godalming, so please read the following information and make the suggested changes as necessary. The most important part of these regulations is that your birds MUST be kept in a covered area from the 14th December this will be a legal requirement and there are significant fines for non-compliance.
UK Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said:
I have today declared a national Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) legislating for actions all bird keepers must take to help prevent the disease spreading to more poultry and other domestic birds.
Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.
Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to meet enhanced biosecurity requirements and this is in your interests to do, to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.
The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:
- Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
- Keep your birds in a covered run area, do not free range them;
- Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
- Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures;
- Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;
- Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.
In conjuction with our Covid rules when you visit us please stay in your car, we will come to you, only leave your car if you are asked to do so and for now please keep any passengers including children in your car.
We will update this post when we have more information.
John and Caroline x