Livestock health and welfare

If you find dead wild waterfowl (Swans, geese or ducks ) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the DEFRA helpfline on 03459335577. DO NOT TOUCH or PICK UP any dead or visibily sick birds that you find. For further information please see DEFRA's advice to the public

Wiltshire have a small and dedicated team of Animal Health and Welfare Officers, as Wiltshire is a unitary authority they enforce a variety of legislation designed to help protect the human food change, animal health and welfare.

The Animal Health Team deals with complaints regarding:

  • Livestock health and welfare on farms
  • In transit
  • In markets
  • At abattoirs

If you have any concerns about the environmental impact caused by the keeping of livestock - e.g. noise, smells or vermin, further information can be found on the Environmental protection section of our website.

Livestock Welfare Concerns

Notifiable Animal Diseases

It is difficult to predict when a notifiable disease will occur but it is important that farmers and animal owners are vigilant to the signs of disease and take appropriate action to report any suspected cases without undue delay.