Release date: 30 October 2019
Poultry owners are being urged to protect their birds as Avian flu season approaches.
Preventing domestic birds from mixing with wild ones, leaving food out of reach of wild birds and cleaning footwear before and after visiting poultry are just some of the practical measures owners can take.
The South East of England is particularly at risk of bird flu as the autumn migration of birds to the UK from the Continent starts.
Peter Aston, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said: “Taking small, sensible precautions now can make a big difference to preventing the spread of Avian Flu.
“I would urge poultry owners to follow this guidance and ensure their birds stay healthy.”
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “It is vital poultry owners help prevent the spread of the virus to domestic birds. Practical steps include keeping food away from wild birds and keeping cages and enclosures clean.”
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If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report this to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.