A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across the whole England. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.
Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to meet enhanced biosecurity requirements and this is in your interests to do, to protect your birds from this highly infectious virus.
The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:
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.
The prevention zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review as part of our work to monitor the threat of bird flu.
Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice. Further advice can be found at:-
Cllr Paul Beaman, Chairman of Studley Parish Council, presented Jude Bowley the Ambassador for Shakespeare Hospice with a cheque for £3200 which was raised during the 2016/2017 Chairman’s Annual Awards Evening & Christmas Fayre.
Mrs Bowley thanked Cllr Beaman for choosing the Shakespeare Hospice as his charity during his term of office.
The money will help the Hospice care for children and young people between the ages of 16- 24 years who have a life- limiting illness. Shakespeare Hospice is the only place between Oxford and Birmingham offering this type of care.
Mrs Bowley said, “We are committed to delivering the services our community needs and are privileged to meet and care for the many patients and families we serve”