Government has come together with countryside and shooting organisations to issue important information about bird flu to everyone involved with gamebirds.
The information has been endorsed by Defra, the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments and collated by seven leading countryside and shooting organisations (BASC, Countryside Alliance, CLA, GFA, GWCT, NGO and SGA).
It is essential that everyone involved in the management of gamebirds reads this information thoroughly and adheres to it completely.
The Government has set out initial measures to reduce the risk of avian flu in England, once the current Prevention Zone expires on 28 February 2017. The measures are intended to be targeted at high risk areas, these include wildfowl reserves, coastal regions and wetlands as well as continuing prevention measures where outbreaks have been confirmed. The proposed measures can be read here.
Defra have confirmed a third game-rearing premise in Lancashire has tested positive to the H5N8 strain of avian influenza. The Countryside Alliance advises all members and the wider community to remain vigilant against signs of bird flu and that all bio-security measures are acted on appropriately.