The following page contains links to government information in regards to identifying diseases in animals and livestock and what action will be taken. It also includes all the latest avian flu information.

Bird flu

Avian influenza, or bird flu, is a highly contagious virus that can affect poultry, wild and domesticated birds.

Bird keepers in the whole of England are now required to take specific precautions because a Prevention Zone has now been put in place across the country. Please see the GOV.UK/DEFRA website for further information.

 A factsheet is available on the DEFRA website on how to keep your birds safe from Avian Flu.


Bird flu in wild birds

Members of the public should report dead wild birds - such as swans, geese, ducks, gulls or birds of prey - to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Defra will then collect some of these birds and test them to help us understand how the disease is distributed geographically and in different types of bird.

Bovine TB

Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) is one of the most complex animal health problems facing the farming industry in Great Britain. Suspicion of the disease must be reported immediately.

Foot and Mouth

Foot and Mouth is a highly infectious disease that affects cloven hoofed animals such as sheep, pigs and cattle.


Rabies can affect any mammal and is present in the saliva of infected animals, usually spread by biting.

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Last updated: 17 May 2018 09:04:51