Cases of avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed in captive birds at premises near Napton on the Hill in Warwickshire on 22 November 2022.
A 3km captive bird (monitoring) controlled zone is in place around the premises.
Owners of captive birds can find out if they are in the 3km zone by visiting the Bird Flu Disease Control Map: https://defra.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8cb1883eda5547c6b91b5d5e6aeba90d
Rules for bird keepers
In all disease zones, bird keepers must
- follow the biosecurity rules to prevent bird flu and stop it spreading https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bird-flu-avian-influenza-how-to-prevent-it-and-stop-it-spreading
keep a record of anyone that transports or markets poultry or poultry eggs (there are exemptions for table eggs)
follow the rules for marking, sourcing, cutting, transporting and storing fresh meat and meat products: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bird-flu-avian-influenza-movement-licences
comply with any biosecurity rules imposed by a veterinary inspector
not organise or attend bird gatherings (including bird fairs, markets, shows, sales, exhibitions and some premises used for dealing or internet sales): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bird-gatherings-licences
not release game birds
In addition, if keepers are in a captive bird (monitoring) controlled zone (as is the case near Napton on The Hill), they must:
- keep poultry and other captive birds housed
keep a record of all poultry or poultry eggs that enter or leave your premises, except eggs that are being moved direct to wholesale or retail premises to be sold
Keepers who have not already registered their birds are encouraged to do so, even if they only have a few ducks/chickens etc. kept as pets. They should visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/poultry-including-game-birds-registration-rules-and-forms
Keepers can also contact Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Animal Health Team on 01926 414040 to arrange for their birds to be registered. Trading Standards especially wish to hear from anyone keeping unregistered birds in the 3km captive bird (monitoring) controlled zone around Napton on the Hill.