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Avian Flu update Prevention zone now  in force across the whole of England

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. If you keep poultry or birds, you must follow DEFRA detailed requirements on strict biosecurity, whether you have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock.


Prevention Zone requirements

If you keep poultry you must, by law, follow specific disease prevention measures. These apply to all keepers of birds, regardless of flock size, or if your birds are pets. These are designed to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds.


If you keep birds then you can continue to allow your birds outdoors into fenced areas, but only if these areas meet certain conditions including:

  • You have made the areas unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources
  • You have taken action to reduce any existing contamination, such as cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas
  • You have assessed the risk of birds coming into contact with wild birds or contamination from them

Biosecurity advice


If you keep poultry or other captive birds, you must take action to reduce the risk of disease in your flock. To ensure good biosecurity, all poultry keepers should:

  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
  • Clean footwear before and after visiting birds, using a Defra approved disinfectant at entrances and exits
  • Clean and disinfect vehicles and equipment that have come into contact with poultry
  • Keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and walkways
  • Humanely control rats and mice
  • Place birds' food and water in fully enclosed areas protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly
  • Keep birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around outdoor areas they access
  • Keep a close watch on birds for any signs of disease and report any very sick birds or unexplained deaths to your vet

If you keep more than 500 birds, you must take some extra biosecurity measures, explained in the guidance link.


Poultry keepers must continue to follow the existing animal welfare rules.

Report signs of disease


You must keep a close watch on your birds for any signs of disease, and must seek prompt advice from your vet if you have any concerns. If you suspect any type of avian influenza you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence.


Anyone who finds dead wild birds should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.


Further information, guidance and updates can be found at : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

Andrew Norris sole director of R&L Cars Ltd of Seend, Wiltshire yesterday pleaded guilty to three offences under the Fraud Act, including the creation of a fake service log book.  Magistrates ordered Mr Norris to pay £6079 following the prosecution brought by Wiltshire Council Trading Standards.  If you're suspicious about the history of a vehicle you've purchased call 03454040506 to get advice on your consumer rights and to report the matter to Trading Standards.


Grafton Merchanting Ltd (Oxford based company) was prosecuted on 3rd April at Swindon Magistrates for breaching  the Westbury (Station Road ) weight restriction order.

The company was fined £800 and ordered to pay  £200  costs to Wiltshire Council plus  £80 victim surcharge.

The company was previously prosecuted for breaching the  Bradford on Avon weight restriction order.


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Last updated: 9 April 2018 | Last reviewed: 9 April 2018