New biosecurity measures for bird keepers

Published Wednesday, 07 February 2018

If you keep poultry or birds, you must follow the detailed requirements on strict biosecurity.

On 18 January 2018, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. This means it's a legal requirement for all bird keepers living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to follow strict biosecurity measures.

Defra currently state that there is a low risk of bird flu occurring in poultry in the UK, provided there's a good standard of biosecurity.

Whether you have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock you must follow these measures which should help to safeguard the control and further spread of bird flu between wild and captive birds.

Read the recommended measures from Defra

Report dead wild birds

Anyone who finds dead wild birds should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

Contact the Pollution and Residential Services of Royal Borough of Greenwich on 020 8921 8157 or at