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Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

News - 14 September 2022

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

Update from Nature and Climate North Somerset

A regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) for poultry and captive birds was introduced in Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset last week to help stop the spread of avian influenza, or ‘bird flu’.

While this doesn’t currently apply to North Somerset, we are aware of a number of dead birds at Portishead Lake Grounds and we are working with animal welfare charity RSPCA.

We are investigating with Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and will provide an update as soon as we have one.

It’s worth being aware of what you should or shouldn’t do if you find a dead bird, or if you keep birds and are worried about bird flu.

Bird flu is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to people is very low. Defra advice to help stop the spread of bird flu is:

  • Please report dead wild birds (such as gulls or birds of prey) or dead wild waterfowl (such as swans, geese or ducks) to the Defra helpline on 03459 335 577
  • Defra will assess the calls they get. If you’re asked to remove/dispose of dead garden birds, please follow the guidance at www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

❌ Don’t pick up or touch dead of sick wild birds

❌ Don’t touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings

If you keep birds, keep a close eye on them for signs of disease. If you’re worried get advice from your vet. Remember to maintain good hygiene practices - wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds.

If you keep poultry, even as pets, you can register them with Defra so they can contact you during an outbreak. You can also sign up to get alerts from them with their latest news.

Find out more at gov.uk/bird-flu

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