Following the declaration of an Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) by the Government on 11th November 2020, the following precautions should be taken by allotment holders, particularly those with livestock on their plots:
The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:
• Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
• Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
• Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures;
• Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;
• Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.
The prevention zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review as part of our work to monitor the threat of bird flu. Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice.
More information is available on the following webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-national-prevention-zone-declared#history
Current Government advice could change, and we will update you when we have new advice