It's been announced today that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been put in place by Defra for everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. The Prevention Zone includes those who keep poultry or captive birds in the Isles of Scilly.
These rules that bird keepers across the country must adhere are below.
- Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources
- Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds
- Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
- Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy
- Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.
Keepers with more than 500 birds will also be required to take some extra biosecurity measures including:
- Restricting access to non-essential people
- Changing clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures
- Cleaning and disinfecting vehicles
The Council's Senior Environmental Health Officer, Mike Coates, and Animal Health Inspector, Heike Dorn, are contacting premises to check that the arrangements are suitable and offering advice in order to ensure compliance with this declaration from Defra.
If you have any questions about the declaration, please don’t hesitate to contact The Council of the Isles of Scilly on 01720 424317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest guidance for bird keepers is available at: gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly have stated on their website that they are receiving regular updates from Defra and will update their website when they hear more. For more Information please go to scilly.gov.uk.
The prevention zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review and we'll have further details for you as soon as they are available.