Requirements of animal disease notification process

It is important that all livestock keepers familiarise themselves with the symptoms of notifiable diseases in animals. These are diseases that because of their seriousness must, where there is any suspicion, be notified immediately to the Divisional Veterinary Manager of Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA a DEFRA agency). In Buckinghamshire and Surrey the number to call is 01284 778150.

For more information please see the following information from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Gov.uk:

Avian Flu update 29 June 2022

APHA continues to regularly update the Avian Influenza (bird flu) information and the latest situation regarding outbreaks and remaining restrictions for poultry keepers.

See also APHA's report and findings of Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds in Great Britain and associated outbreak assessments.

While the avian flu risk levels have reduced with the departure of migrating birds and the return of the warmer weather, infection may still be present in the environment. Guidance is available on the cases and the measures that continue to apply in the disease control areas of England on the following Gov.uk web page: Avian influenza (bird flu): cases and disease control zones in England.

The Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) remains in force across Great Britain until further notice, with only the housing measures component being lifted.

This means, while birds are allowed to range outside, all bird keepers (whether they have pet birds, a commercial or a backyard flock) must continue to take effective and precautionary biosecurity measures until further notice.

Please see the following Gov.UK web pages: Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) and Biosecurity advice for information on the measures that all bird keepers must continue to take to protect their birds from avian influenza.

Important information regarding wild birds

If you find three or more dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls or birds of prey, or five or more dead birds of any species, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 335577.

APHA will collect some of these birds and test them to help to understand how the disease is distributed geographically and in different types of bird. Not all birds will be collected.

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. For further information, see APHA's advice for the public.