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Avian Influenza restrictions affect England

 
Defra has confirmed Avian Influenza in wild birds found dead in Warwickshire. This follows confirmation of H5N6 in wild birds in Dorset last week. 
 
In response to the latest findings Defra have declared an Avian Influenza prevention zone covering all of England, which replaces the localised zone on the south coast declared last week. Within the English zone enhanced biosecurity measures for bird keepers are required - this does not currently include mandatory housing of poultry.  Further information is available in the Defra press release.
 
 
There are no restrictions in force in Scotland at present. The risk level for an Avian Influenza incursion in Scotland remains at “medium” for wild birds and “low” for domestic poultry and other captive birds, provided good biosecurity is in place. The Scottish Government is continuing to monitor the situation across the UK and the rest of Europe carefully.  Further information, including advice on biosecurity and details of how to report dead wild birds, can be found at www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza.
 

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