Mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds, which were introduced across England and Wales to help stop the spread of avian flu, have been lifted as of Tuesday, 18 April 2023.
The avian influenza prevention zone (AIPZ) with mandatory biosecurity requirements remains in force. Biosecurity remains the most effective method of disease control available, and all bird keepers must continue to meet the enhanced biosecurity measures set out in the declaration from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
This means that from 18 April 2023, eggs laid by birds with access to outside range areas can return to being marketed as ‘free range’ eggs.
The following guidance on what to do if you encounter sick or dead wild birds is still in effect:
- Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
- Keep dogs and other pets away from any dead or sick birds
- Do not feed wild birds
- Do not touch wild bird feathers or surfaces with droppings
Reporting dead wild birds
If you spot any dead or sick birds on the islands, please refrain from touching them, and report them to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). They will ask you ask you to describe the type of bird, how many birds are affected, where they were found, and your contact details.
Phone: 03459 33 55 77
We would like to thank the community for your continued assistance in helping to stop the spread of avian flu on the islands.