With ‘high risk’ Avian flu season approaching, Trading Standards are urging poultry keepers to take precautions now, if they haven’t done so already.
As the Autumn migration of birds to the UK starts, South East England in particular is at greater risk of bird flu spreading from the Continent.
West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager Peter Aston said: “It is important that poultry keepers take sensible steps now to stop domestic birds mixing with wild ones. This includes, where practical to do so, not leaving food accessible to wild birds and netting runs.
“There are no particular restrictions in place at present and, for the sake of the commercial poultry and egg producers in the county, we would really like to keep it that way. Sensible steps taken now can help achieve this.”
Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Taking relatively small precautions could have a major impact on stopping the virus entering the domesticated poultry population.”
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