Bird flu

What is bird flu


Bird flu, or avian influenza is an infectious viral illness that spreads among birds. 

Rules came into force on Monday 7 November 2022 and apply to anyone keeping birds, whether it’s a few hens in a back garden, rearing game birds or a large commercial farm. It is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the threat of bird flu.

If you are concerned about the health of your birds speak to your private vet. If you suspect bird flu you or your vet must report it immediately to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) even if the signs are mild.

Report suspected bird flu

If you suspect bird flu in poultry or other captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline

  • 03000 200 301 if you are in England

Failure to do so is an offence

Bird flu is a notifiable disease in poultry and other captive birds. If you do not report it you are breaking the law.