Avian flu latest

28 November 2022: second premises near Mileham, Breckland, Norfolk (AIV2022/219). Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 28 November 2022. The following disease control zones are in place around the premises:

  • 3km protection zone
  • 10km surveillance zone

All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled.

Details of the measures that apply in these zones are in the declaration of a protection zone and surveillance zone.

23 November 2022: Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 23 November 2022 at a fourth premises near Taverham, Broadland, Norfolk (AIV 2022/216). A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in this zone can be found in the Taverham declaration.

11 November 2022: Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 11 November 2022 at a premises near Colkirk, Breckland, Norfolk (AIV 2022/197). A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in this zone can be found in the Colkirk declaration.

9 November 2022: Fifth premises near Wymondham, South Norfolk, Norfolk (AIV 2022/193). Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 9 November 2022. The following disease control zones in England are in place around the premises:

  • 3km protection zone
  • 10km surveillance zone
  • All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled

Details of the measures that apply in these zones are in the declaration of a protection zone and surveillance zone. Check the updated bird flu disease control zone map.Case number: AIV 2022/193.

6 November: Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 6 November 2022:

A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance zone are in place around each of the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled.

5 November 2022: Eleventh premises near Dereham, Breckland, Norfolk (AIV 2022/184)
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 5 November 2022. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones are in the eleventh Dereham declaration

3 November 2022: Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 3 November 2022 at a fifteenth premises near Attleborough, Breckland.

A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the fifteenth Attleborough declaration.

3 November 2022: Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in 2 commercial poultry units on 2 November 2022 at:

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around each of the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled.

29 October 2022: Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 28 October at a 14th premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around each of the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the fourteenth Attleborough declaration.

26 October 2022: Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 26 October at the following premises:

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around each of the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled.

23 October: A third premises near Feltwell, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 23 October at a seventh premises near Feltwell, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the third Feltwell declaration.

23 October: A seventh premises near Dereham, Breckland, Norfolk.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 23 October at a seventh premises near Dereham, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the seventh Dereham declaration.

23 October: A second premises near Taverham, Broadland, Norfolk.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 23 October at a sixth premises near Taverham, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the second Taverham declaration.

23 October: A sixth premises near Dereham, Breckland, Norfolk.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 23 October at a sixth premises near Dereham, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the sixth Dereham declaration.

22 October: Premises near Aylsham, Broadland, Norfolk.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 22 October at a premises near Aylsham, Broadland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the Alysham declaration.

21 October: Premises near Taverham, Broadland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 21 October at a premises near Taverham, Broadland. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the Taverham declaration.

21 October: Thirteenth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 21 October at a thirteenth premises near Attleborough, Breckland. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the thirteenth Attleborough declaration.

20 October: Premises near Long Stratton, South Norfolk, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 20 October at a premises near Long Stratton, South Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the Long Stratton declaration.

20 October: Sixth premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 20 October at a sixth premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the sixth Mundford declaration.

Update 19th October 2022
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 19 October at the following premises:

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around each of the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled.

Update 18 October
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 18 October at the following premises:

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around each of the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled.

17 October: Premises near Mileham, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 17 October at a premises near Mileham, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the Mileham declaration.

16 October: Third Premises near Wymondham, South Norfolk, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 16 October at a premises near Wymondham, South Norfolk, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the third Wymondham declaration.

16 October: Premises near Feltwell, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 16 October at a premises near Feltwell, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the Feltwell declaration.

15 October: Premises near Fakenham, North Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in non-commercial other captive birds on 15 October at a premises near Fakenham, North Norfolk, Norfolk. A 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone was declared around the premises. All birds on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in this zone can be found in the Fakenham declaration.

15 October: 12th Premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in non-commercial other captive birds on 15 October at a 12th premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone was declared around the premises. All birds on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in this zone can be found in the 12th Attleborough declaration.

15 October: Second premises near Dereham, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 15 October at a second premises near Dereham, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in this zone can be found in the second Dereham declaration.

14 October: Premises near Hingham, South Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 14 October at a premises near Hingham, South Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in this zone can be found in the Hingham declaration.

14 October: Second premises near Wymondham, South Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 14 October at a second premises near Wymondham, South Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in this zone can be found in the Wymondham declaration.

13 October: Fourth premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 13 October at a fourth premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the fourth Mundford declaration.

12 October update: Eleventh premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 12 October at an eleventh premises near Attleborough (Deopham Green) Breckland, Norfolk . A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the controls in place can be found in the declaratory eleventh premises near Attleborough (Deopham Green) Breckland order.

11 October update: Premises near Watlington, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 11 October at a premises near Watlington, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the Watlington declaration. 

11 October update: Premises near Dereham, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial outdoor poultry on 11 October at a premises near Dereham, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the Dereham declaration. 

11 October update: Ninth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 11 October at a ninth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the ninth Attleborough declaration.

11 October update: Tenth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 11 October at a tenth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the tenth Attleborough declaration.

10 October update: Second premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on 10 October in a mixed flock of other captive birds at a second premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone has been put in place around the premises. Affected birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures, which include housing of all poultry and captive birds and a ban on release of game birds, that apply in this zone can be found in the second Mundford declaration.

10 October update: Third premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 10 October at a third premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the third Mundford declaration.

10 October 2022 update: Eighth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 10 October at an eighth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the eighth Attleborough declaration.

10 October 2022 update: Second premises near Holt, North Norfolk, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial housed poultry on 10 October at a second premises near Holt, North Norfolk, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the second Holt declaration.

9 October Update: Premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was suspected in in poultry on 8 October at a premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Temporary Control Zone A and 10km Temporary Control Zone B was declared around the premises. Following official testing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in on 9 October and a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises, replacing the Temporary Control Zones. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Read details of the controls in place in the Attleborough declaratory order.

Update to latest information: Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was suspected in in poultry on 6 October at a sixth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. Following official testing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in on 7 October and a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Read details of the controls in place in the Attleborough declaratory order.

7 October 2022 update: Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex are to be introduced from 12.01am on 12 October 2022, following a decision by the United Kingdom’s Chief Veterinary Officer. The housing order legally requires all bird keepers in these hotspots to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the disease, regardless of type or size. Bird keepers are advised to consult the interactive map to check if they are impacted and should then read the regional AIPZ with housing measure declaration which sets out the requirements in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex.

6 October 2022 further update: premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 6 October at a premises near Mundford, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Read details of the controls in place in the Mundford declaratory order.

6 October 2022 update: premises near Wymondham, Norfolk.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was suspected on 4 October 2022 in commercial poultry at a premises near Wymondham South Norfolk, Norfolk. Disease has not been confirmed at the premises and the 3km Temporary Control zone and 10km Temporary Control Zone have been revoked.

6 October 2022 update: Premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on 6th October 2022 at a premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the fifth Attleborough declaratory order.

4 October update: Two Separate Premises near Attleborough and Wymondham, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza was suspected on 4 October 2022 in poultry at a premises near Attleborough and at a premises near Wymondham, Norfolk. 3km and 10km temporary control zones have been placed around each respective premises. All poultry on each premises will be humanely culled. Read details of the controls in place in the Attleborough and Wymondham declaratory orders

1 October update: Two Separate Premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in poultry on 1 October at two separate premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around each of the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Attleborough declaratory orders.

1 October update: Premises near Bury St Edmunds Suffolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in poultry on 1 October at a premises near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Bury St Edmunds declaratory order.

28 September update: Premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in poultry on 27 September at a premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Attleborough declaratory order.

27 September update: Following a number of detections of avian influenza in poultry and wild and captive birds across east of England a regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared on 27 September in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex. There is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to implement enhanced biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks. Details of the conditions and a map of the zone can be found in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declaration on the gov.uk website

23 September update: Premises near Northwold, in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 23 September 2022 at a premises near Northwold, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Northwold declaratory order.

19 September update: Premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk 
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens on 19 September at a premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Attleborough declaratory order.

19 September update: Premises near Honington, Suffolk 
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens on 19 September at a premises near Honington, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Honington declaratory order.

17 September update: Premises near Bury St Edmunds Suffolk 
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens on 17 September at a premises near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Bury St Edmunds declaratory order.

3 September update: On the 3 September 2022 highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) was confirmed in poultry at a premises near Holt, Norfolk. A 3 km Protection Zone and a 10 km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Holt declaratory order.

21 August update: Premises in Gayton, near Kings Lynn
On the 21st August 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) was confirmed in a flock of geese at a premises near Gayton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. A 3 km Protection Zone and a 10 km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Gayton declaratory order

16 August update: Removed the guidance on the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) as the zone has been lifted.

19 May update: Premises near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk
Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the disease control zones surrounding this premises, the 3km Protection Zone has ended, and the area has merged with the 10km surveillance zone.

19 May update: Premises near Market Weston, West Suffolk, Suffolk
Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the disease control zones surrounding this premises, the 3km Protection Zone has ended, and the area has merged with the 10km surveillance zone.

15 May update: Second premises near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk
Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the disease control zones surrounding this premises, the 3km Protection Zone has ended, and the area has merged with the 10km surveillance zone.

On 26 April 2022 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in captive birds at a premises near Fakenham, North Norfolk, Norfolk on 5 February 2022. Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zone, the 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled zone has been revoked.

On 12 March 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Market Weston, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises, both of which extend into Norfolk, to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Market Weston declaratory order.

On 11 March 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry at a second premises near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises, both of which extend into Norfolk, to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the second Redgrave declaratory order.

On 1 March 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry at a premises near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises, both of which extend into Norfolk, to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Redgrave declaratory order.

On the 5 February 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) was confirmed in premises near Fakenham, Norfolk. A 3km Controlled Zone has been put in place around the premises. Read details of the controls in place in the Fakenham declaratory order.

Following a risk assessment and the introduction of the Great Britain wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ), General Bird Gathering Licences have been amended to prohibit the gatherings (such as shows, markets and fairs) of poultry, galliforme and anseriforme birds (including pheasants, ducks and geese). The prohibition took effect from 00.01am on Monday 8 November 2021.

Find out more about government guidance on bird gatherings. 

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain, effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021. The AIPZ means that all bird keepers in Great Britain (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.

In addition to the current requirements of the AIPZ, new housing measures will come into force at 00.01am on the 29 November 2021. The new housing measures mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

Details of the measures that apply in the APIZ in England can be found in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declaration on the gov.uk website.

To assist all bird keepers in complying with the new rules, Defra has updated their biosecurity guidance and self-assessment checklists.

From 8.30pm on 21 November 2021, a new avian influenza prevention zone was declared in parts of North Yorkshire in England, namely the districts of Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. This means that it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in that area to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease. Details of these additional controls that apply in North Yorkshire can be found on the gov.uk website.

There are currently a number of confirmed cases of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza throughout the country. The introduction of the AIPZ is designed to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease. Last winter Norfolk Trading Standards supported Defra in responding to five avian influenza outbreaks in the county.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat. Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).