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

Defra's Avian flu advice

Guidance on biosecurity measures for poultry and kept birds may be found on the Defra's avian flu advice.

Keepers should familiarise themselves with Defra's avian flu advice and report suspicion of disease to APHA on Tel: 0300 0200 301.

Important information regarding wild birds

  • Dead wild birds may be infected so don't touch them unless wearing suitable protective clothing. When found on publicly owned land and a decision is taken to remove them, it is the local authorities' responsibility to safely dispose of the carcases as animal by-products.
  • Poultry keepers and members of the public should consult Defra's latest guidance please see Defra's avian flu advice to check the threshold for reporting dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and not touch or pick them up.

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