Witherley Parish Council

Serving the people of Atterton, Fenny Drayton, Ratcliffe Culey and Witherley

Bird Flu Alert - Protection Zone in Place

Birdkeepers living in the Market Bosworth area are being urged to follow a range of restrictions after a case of bird flu was confirmed.

Trading Standards officers from Leicestershire County Council will be knocking on doors and sending letters to properties within a 3km zone to give bird owners advice and where necessary, arrange a health inspection by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has put 3km and 10km zones in place within which all bird keepers have to follow increased biosecurity measures to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

"It is now a legal requirement to keep your birds indoors to keep them separate from wild birds which spread the disease. It is also vital that you maintain strong biosecurity by regularly checking and maintaining sheds and cleaning and disinfecting footwear to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Don't walk the virus into your hens."

Bird keepers in the area must now follow a range of restrictions relating to the movement of poultry and material associated with their keeping.

Find out if you're in a disease control zone and details of the restrictions by clicking on the link below.

The UK Health Security Agency has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked eggs and poultry are safe to eat.

Posted: Fri, 31 Dec 2021 12:00 by Anji Forsyth

Tags: Environment