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Avian Flu


Poultry owners in Flintshire are being reminded to ensure they have enhanced biosecurity measures in place to minimise the spread of Avian Influenza.

Last month (October), the Welsh Government declared an all-Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone to protect poultry and captive birds from a strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Flintshire County Council Officers are currently working closely with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to respond to the challenges posed by Avian Influenza (sometimes referred to as ‘Bird Flu’).

This means that it is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks.

All keepers of poultry and other captive birds, irrespective of how those birds are kept, are to take appropriate and practicable steps, including:

  • Reducing access of poultry and other captive birds to areas frequently visited and contaminated by wild waterfowl;
  • Ensuring the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
  • Taking steps to feed and water birds in enclosed areas and ensure feed, water and bedding are not exposed to virus contamination, particularly through bird droppings, and stored in a means not accessible to wild birds;
  • Minimising movement of people in and out of bird enclosures;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting footwear with foot dips, and ensure there are precautions to avoid the direct or indirect transfer of virus contamination into and between premises, from anything liable to spread infection such as clothing;
  • Keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy;
  • Reducing any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.

Current Flintshire Position

On 7th November 2022 Avian Influenza was confirmed in a small flock near Buckley, Flintshire. As a result, a Captive Bird Monitoring Controlled Zone (CBMCZ) has been established which covers a radius of 3 kilometers from the infected site. A map showing the extent of the zones can be seen on the Welsh Government website. Road signage will be put in place over the coming days to advise residents and visitors of this status.

The CBMCZ requires heightened biosecurity measures to contain the disease and prevent further spreading.  If you live in this zone, and keep birds, you can find further information on the Welsh Government website. This information will describe the measures you are required to undertake and advise you of the restrictions and responsibilities that apply to you.  

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