Unfortunately, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been detected in captive birds near Wychbold, Bromsgrove. APHA have declared 3km and 10km Protection and Surveillance Zones. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1028854/pz-sz-declaration-ip1-dpr2021-45-aiv2021-07.pdf
For the most up to date information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#latest-situation
It is essential that all producers:
• Ensure covered boot dips are present at the entry points to sheds/ranges
with DEFRA approved disinfectants that are replenished at least twice
• Discourage wild birds from visiting range areas
• Ensure bedding is stored in bird/vermin proof sheds
• Ensure all visitors sign the visitors’ books
• Ensure all people entering sites wear dedicated PPE
• Ensure all sheds are vermin/wild bird proof
• Ensure all sheds are well maintained to minimise the risk of water
Monitor your flocks closely for signs of AI:
• Snicking (sneezing)
• Increased mortality
• Reduced egg production
• Swelling/purple colouring of the birds’ heads
• Nervous signs.
It is highly unlikely that a housing order will be put in place on the back of this case, but APHA constantly carry out risk assessments.
If you have any concerns regarding your flock or concerns regarding licensing, please contact us on 01392 872932.