The following page contains links to government information in regards to the latest avian flu situation and diseases in animals and livestock.

Bird flu

Avian influenza (bird flu) mainly affects birds. It can also affect humans and other mammals.

The requirement to house domestic birds has been lifted from 00:01 on 2 May 2022. Although birds are allowed outside, owners/keepers should ensure they continue to carry out good biosecurity practices. Please see the following link for further details from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for information and advice to poultry keepers.

Bird flu is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect any type of bird flu in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301

Bird flu in wild birds

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77.

Bovine tuberculosis (BTB)

Bovine TB 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.

African Swine Fever

Current updated information on African Swine Fever is available to view on the attached document African Swine Fever Guidance for Pig keepers.

Further information

Further information on diseases and animal welfare can be found on the animal health and welfare page

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Last updated: 03 May 2022 12:00:36