NEW MEASURES TO PROTECT AGAINST AVAIN FLU

The Budgerigar Society supports DEFRA in the introduction of enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds helping protect them from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. This applies to the whole of ENGLAND, SCOTLAND & WALES and will remain in place for 30 days (until 6 January, 2017). Keepers of captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confrmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe (including Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine & Russia). No cases of H5N8 have been found in the UK and this is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection from wild birds. We have had numerous enquiries about whether bird shows and gatherings are restricted in anyway. The advice from DEFRA is that Bird Fairs, Markets, Shows and other gatherings have not been banned or restricted under the Prevention zones currently in force. However there is an ongoing need for good biosecurity. Members are requested to respect the enhanced biosecurity arrangements during the 30 day period. Further information on this matter can be obtained from the DEFRA website via www.gov.uk then search for DEFRA.