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Avian flu in Leicestershire

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease that mainly affects wild and captive birds such as poultry and game birds.


Avian Influenza Prevention Order

On 7 November the government will introduce a new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone which covers the whole of Great Britain, to limit the spread of Avian Influenza.

Under the Order it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the country (whether they have pet birds, back yard flocks or commercial flocks) to house their birds and to follow strict biosecurity and record keeping measures.

Latest avian flu updates on the GOV.UK website

Please use our online form to report unhoused birds

Avian Influenza outbreak in Leicestershire

On 27 October 2022 an Avian Influenza outbreak was confirmed at a poultry premises near Waltham on the Wolds in Leicestershire. Details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

A 3km protection zone was put in place around the premises and Trading Standards officers have now visited every premises in the zone.

If you were not at home when the officers called, you will have received a letter asking you to contact us: please complete the online registration form. Your information is required to allow the protection zone to be lifted. 

Register your flock

You are legally required to register your flock if you keep more than 50 birds. You can help prevent the spread of disease and protect the national poultry flock by registering any size flocks (however small) on the GOV.UK Poultry Register.

Self-assessment checklist 

Complete the AIPZ self-assessment checklist to ensure you are compliant with the required measures and keep a copy for inspection if requested by officers from the Animal and Plant Health Agency or Trading Standards.

Be aware of avian flu symptoms

Avian influenza symptoms include:

  • Sudden increase in the death of birds
  • Swollen head
  • Loss of appetite
  • Respiratory distress such as gasping beak, coughing, sneezing, gurgling and rattling
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Drooping of wings and/or dragging legs

If you are concerned about signs of disease in your birds, you must seek prompt advice from your vet.

If you suspect avian influenza, you must report it immediately by calling Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence.

More information on how to spot avian influenza

Poultry keepers and members of the public must be vigilant

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77 - please select option 7).

The Food Standards Agency has said 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.

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