Latest situation (sent by Defra May 2017)
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone is in place across all of England.
It applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds. This means that all keepers must follow our detailed requirements on strict biosecurity, whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock.
We have published short, simple advice for keepers of ‘backyard flocks’.
We have announced that we plan to lift the Prevention Zone in England on 15 May 2017. From this date, we expect that keepers will no longer be required by law to follow specific disease prevention measures to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds.
All disease control measures are kept under review based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice.
Details of confirmed cases of avian influenza H5N8 (with specific legal restrictions and movement controls), are available further down this page. We confirmed disease in small backyard flocks of poultry, at 2 premises near Thornton, Wyre, Lancashire, on 4 May and 6 May 2017.
Our announcements are listed in avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2016 to 2017.
If you find dead wild birds you should report them. We collect some of these and test them to help us understand how the disease is distributed.
Public Health England advises that the risk to public health is very low. The Food Standards Agency says that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
From this date, we expect that keepers will no longer be required by law to follow specific disease prevention measures to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds. They should continue to follow industry standard best practice on biosecurity, including minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning footwear, keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy and feeding birds indoors.