Avian influenza prevention zone declared in south-west England. Bird keepers in Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset must follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect flocks and mitigate the risk of further outbreaks.
Cornwall Council Trading Standards is reminding all keepers of poultry within a 3km exclusion zone near Newlyn that they are legally required to take measures to reduce the risk of Avian (bird) flu spreading.
What to do if you see a dead or unwell bird:
1. Call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:
• one or more dead bird of prey or owl
• 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
• 5 or more dead birds of any species
2. Collection of dead animals
Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.
Cornwall Council are responsible for removing dead birds on their land. They aim to do this within 24 hours once reported via the Report a dead animal online form:
Or call 0300 1234 212.
If the bird is on private property then it is the landowners responsibility.
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