4 July 2023
Avian Flu Prevention zones have been lifted but bird keepers are urged to remain vigilant
Following an update from Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Animal Plant Health Agency
The risk of avian influenza for all poultry has reduced to low (meaning the event is rare but does occur) and the avian influenza prevention zones for poultry and captive birds in England, Wales and Scotland have been lifted from midday on 4 July 2023.
Whilst the risk level in kept birds has reduced, the risk in wild birds remains high and all bird keepers should continue to take steps to prevent bird flu and stop it spreading at all times and be vigilant for signs of disease.
All poultry gatherings, including at fairs, shows and markets, remain banned, due to a large number of flocks mixing together and the risk posed by any infections spreading across the country.
Additional mandatory restrictions apply in disease control zones in force surrounding infected premises where avian influenza has been confirmed in poultry or other captive birds. Check if you’re in a zone on the bird flu disease control zone map and follow the rules for that zone.