Avian Influenza confirmed near Bromsgrove: all livestock/bird keepers please read
3km Protection Zone includes part of Fairfield
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on 26 November 2022 at a premises near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were put in place around the premises. Affected birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled.
You can check if you are under restriction by using APHA’s interactive map which can be found here.
Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration here.
The NFU can provide their members with guidance on what to do if you are in a Disease Control Zone which includes information on disease control measures and licensing. This information is available here and please do get in touch if you need any guidance or support.
Please be aware, if you have any poultry on your farm, even just a few chickens in the garden (this makes you a poultry keeper) and if any part of your CPH falls within one of the Disease Control Zones then restrictions will also apply to the movement of ANY of your livestock (including cattle, horses etc). A general licence is now available on the government website which can be used to transport livestock as long as certain conditions are met, including ensuring there has been no contact between livestock and poultry or captive birds for 21 days prior to movement.
If parts of a single holding (with one CPH) are in different zones, then the whole of the site is considered to be in the zone with the highest level of restriction. If you have more than one holding and they have separate CPH’s, any holding with a single CPH where the entire holding is outside of the zone will not be subject to the additional restrictions that apply within the zones.
If your premises is in one of the Disease Control Zones, a movement licence will be required for certain activities. Specific licences can be obtained from the APHA by using their online licensing portal.
Please ensure you give the APHA as much notice as possible as it can take time to issue licences. Complex and high-risk movements will require extra time to assess and process.
There are general licences available for certain movements, more information on these can be found on the government website.
General information and guidance:
- Further DEFRA Guidance on Avian influenza can be found here.
- For all members with poultry please do follow good biosecurity practice. The NFU have biosecurity resources available here
- If you haven’t already please do register your poultry on the national poultry register here – registering means APHA can contact keepers with advice and latest news on disease outbreaks.
- To keep up to date on the latest information the NFU have an Avian Influenza hub which contains advice and information and can be found here.