Update for Notts bird keepers - Avian flu restrictions lifted

18 May 2017

Nottinghamshire bird keepers are being informed that restrictions on the way poultry and captive birds can be kept in the county have been completely lifted as from today (Monday 15 May) as the risk of an avian flu outbreak lessens.

England had been declared a ‘prevention zone’ by DEFRA in December last year due to a specific strain of avian influenza affecting parts of Europe. Since 27 April this year, restrictions were relaxed so that keepers were no longer required to house poultry or have total range netting in place.

However from today, DEFRA has updated the Avian Influenza Order so that the only areas of Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside remain under restriction (which is due to be reviewed again next month.)

In Nottinghamshire this now means:

  • While the ban on bird gathering has been lifted in England (except for certain parts in the North West) a new general licence for a bird gathering must now be applied for as the previous licence has been revoked so is no longer valid. 
  • Certain requirements will need to be met when applying for the new licence including notifying the Animal and Plant Health Agency at least 7 days prior to any gathering. All details can be found at 
  • All bird keepers (regardless of the number of birds they keep) are encouraged to continue to follow best practice especially around biosecurity - this includes cleansing and disinfecting of vehicles, equipment and footwear as a minimum requirement.

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