Latest on the recent Bird Flu outbreak

There have been a couple of reported Bird Flu outbreaks across England and Wales and we are therefore asking all of our members to be vigilant and report any dead captive or wild birds to the DEFRA Rural Services Helpline on 0300 020 0301. In Wales contact 0300 303 8268, failure to do so is an offence.

To see the latest information for England and Wales go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#movement

You can check to see where Disease Control Zones are located on this interactive map: https://defra.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8cb1883eda5547c6b91b5d5e6aeba90d

Confirmed outbreaks

On the 1 November 2021 the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales confirmed that a case of H5N1 Avian Influenza (pathogen to be confirmed) has been found in poultry and wild birds at a premises near Wrexham. A 3km and a 10km temporary control zone has been put in place. Details of the Temporary Control Zone can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1030299/TCZ-declaration-IP2-DPR-2021-46-H5N1-AIV2021-08.pdf

See the Welsh Government Website for further information: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update


Premises near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire

Avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in captive birds (non-poultry) at a rescue centre near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire on 26 October 2021. On 27 October, further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). All birds on the infected premises have been humanely culled.

Following a risk assessment the Protection Zone and Surveillance Zone have been amended and 3km and 10km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zones have been declared around the premises.

Declaration of a Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone (Avian Influenza) – Near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire (PDF, 760KB, 8 pages)

This declaration replaces the Declaration of a Protection Zone and a Surveillance Zone (H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) – Near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire (PDF, 1.74MB, 15 pages)

Which in turn revoked and replaced the 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones:

Declaration of a Temporary Control Zone (Avian Influenza) – Near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire (PDF, 1.58MB, 14 pages)
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