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Animal disease advice

Animal disease control

We work to advise the local community on the spread of disease in animals.

Avian influenza (bird flu)

Bird Flu has been found in both captive and wild birds around England, Scotland and Wales. This has led to the creation of a new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ), which applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds In England.
The AIPZ means all bird keepers in England (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions including keeping their birds indoors except in very specific circumstances.
We have the responsibility to ensure compliance to the AIPZ. Failure to comply with the AIPZ may be an offence under section 73 of the Animal Health Act 1981 and subject to an unlimited fine, and up to 6 months’ imprisonment per offence.
Check the latest government advice on avian influenza.

Is there a risk to humans?

The risks to humans, according to Public Health England, is low. However, previous strains of Avian Flu have spread to humans. It is essential to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases, breaches of the AIPZ and avoid contact with dead birds.

Reporting dead birds

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds such as gulls or birds of prey, you can report it to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.
Failure to do so could be an offence. This is essential to track and better understand the disease and its geographic spread.

Concerns about captive birds 

If you're concerned that captive birds are not being kept according to guidelines, contact trading standards: 
To contact Trading Standards, email:
Alternatively, send letters or forms to: 
Regulatory Services,
Town Hall Annexe,
St Stephens Road, 
BH2 6EA.
You can also use our contact form.