Above: We’re back: shows/events can go ahead following the lifting of a bird gatherings ban


DEFRA HAS LIFTED the bird gatherings ban which has covered England, Scotland and Wales for the past five months.

As of April 21, bird gatherings, including shows, sales days and markets, can take place provided the event organiser notifies the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) at least seven days before the event and that they meet the requirements of the General Licence (GL).

You need to provide APHA with the following information:

date(s) of the gathering,

location of gathering (address and postcode),

types and numbers of birds expected,

purpose of the gathering (such as, show or sale),

your name, address, contact phone number, an email address and mobile number.

The bird gatherings ban has been in place since November 11, 2020, when DEFRA revoked the bird gatherings GL due to increasing cases of bird flu (see News, November 25, 2020).

A DEFRA statement reads: “The decision to reinstate the bird gatherings General Licence for some low-risk captive birds, while prohibiting the gatherings of higher-risk poultry are based on risk assessments containing the latest scientific and ornithological evidence and veterinary advice.”

Gatherings of ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys or game birds, whether kept commercially as poultry, as pets or for other purposes, remain banned.

The last confirmed case of avian flu in Great Britain was found in two captive peregrines at a private residential premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, on March 31.

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