The Great Britain government has imposed a national Avian Influenza Prevention Zone throughout England after being alerted to a large scale wild bird death, confirmed to be a result of the European strain of the avian influenza virus H5N6
The outbreak, which happened in Warwickshire, is understood to have involved 13 wild birds. Defra has now announced a national Avian Influenza Prevention Zone for England.
Poultry keepers of any size must, by law, follow specific disease prevention measures. These also apply even if birds are pets. These are designed to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds.
Birds can still continue to go outdoors into fenced areas, but only if these areas meet certain conditions including making the areas unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources.