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Avian Influenza

The current outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in England that started on 27 October 2021 is still ongoing. Current information on Avian Influenza can be found on the DEFRA website.

The small number of cases that have been reported in South Ribble are being dealt with accordingly by the authorities. 

Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds were introduced to all areas of England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November, following a decision by the United Kingdom's Chief Veterinary Officer.

See Government advice and information on Avian Influenza

The housing measures legally require all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks (pet birds and commercial) from the disease, regardless of type or size.  Reports of breaches may be reported to Lancashire County Council Trading Standards via Consumer Direct

Reporting suspected bird flu in poultry or captive birds

If you suspect any type of bird flu in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

Failure to do so is an offence.

Reporting dead wild birds

You should call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks) 
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

For further information see the Government's advice to the public.



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