DEFRA have declared a bird flu prevention zone across the whole of England. All bird keepers will have to follow strict biosecurity measures.
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 DEFRA’s avian flu advice.
Following the reporting of asbestos to the Council by a plot-holder on another site we have been checking our site at Hartswood for any evidence of asbestos cement panels and corrugated roofing.
Those plot-holders where evidence of asbestos is obvious have been informed and requested to take action. However, a visual inspection on a site walk around can never be 100% certain of identifying all evidence of asbestos. Can ALL plot-holders please inspect their own plots and either remove any asbestos or report the situation to the site representatives. We can then arrange its removal to a central consolidation point prior to having it professionally removed by an appropriately licenced waste disposal firm (Bowmers).
It is in your own interest to take advantage of this offer. Disposal of any subsequent discovery of asbestos will be the plot-holders responsibility.
DEFRA have raised an order for all poultry keepers to keep their birds indoors for at least 30 days to help prevent the spread of a new strain of Bird Flu.
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