Because of an outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) in the west Country and the Midlands, the Government has introduced a prevention zone across England.
This applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. This applies even if you have just a few birds in the garden or a yard. This means that you can continue to allow your birds outdoors into fenced areas, but only if these areas meet certain conditions. Find out more.
These measures have been taken because bird flu has now been found in wild birds in this country, although the risk to poultry is described as low if measures are taken and procedures followed. Anyone who finds dead wild birds should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.