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Avian influenza (bird flu)

Avian influenza is a highly infectious disease affecting many species of birds, including commercial, wild and pet birds.


Strict measures are now in force to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance zone have been put in place around the following infected premises in Derbyshire:

A 3km Captive bird (monitoring) control zone has been put in place around the following infected premises in Derbyshire:

You can find up-to-date information about the bird flu situation across England from DEFRA.

Mandatory housing measures

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone which includes mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds is in force across England. This came into force on 7 November 2022 and will be in place until further notice.

It's a legal requirement for all bird keepers (whether they are pet birds, commercial flocks, specialist collection or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to follow strict biosecurity measures and keep their birds housed to limit the spread of bird flu.

Read more about the avian influenza prevention zone, including housing measures.

Reporting non-compliant poultry or other captive bird keepers

The spread of avian influenza continues to have a devastating impact on both the captive and wild bird populations. If you believe that these requirements are being breached, please complete our online report form, or contact our Trading Standards service via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline tel: 0808 223 1133.

Where non-compliant keepers can be identified, we'll try to contact them to ensure that they will follow these housing requirements.

Signs of avian influenza and how to report it

The signs of avian influenza and details of where to report suspected cases in poultry or other captive birds are on the DEFRA website.

Wild birds

You can report dead sick or injured wild birds or get advice on what to do with dead wild birds that are not collected for testing.

Register your flock

You can help prevent the spread of disease and protect the national poultry flock by registering your flock (however small) on the Poultry Register.