DTI001 20_12_17 

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APHA must be aware of bird events

Norwich-canariesDEFRA HAS UPDATED its rules on all bird gatherings to remind all societies holding a bird gathering or show to notify their local Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) office at least seven days before the event.

This should be done via email with the subject “Bird Gatherings”. Clubs should also note that the email address has changed from last year.

There are now separate addresses for events, including shows, in England, Scotland and Wales.

England: customeradvice@ apha.gsi.gov.uk
Scotland: APHA.Scotland@ apha.gsi.gov.uk
Wales: APHA.CymruWales@ apha.gsi.gov.uk

The following details must be emailed to APHA:
● Name, address, phone number and email address;
● date of show;
● location of show (full postal address and postcode);
● types and numbers of birds expected;
● purpose of the gathering, e.g. show, sale.
Measures to reduce the risk of the H5N8 strain of avian flu spreading were lifted in May, and therefore bird gatherings are permitted, subject to some identity and health checks, and biosecurity measures. Officials can organise events under the bird gatherings general licence (updated May 15, 2017), as long as they notify APHA in advance.
Bird gatherings include poultry or any other birds kept in captivity, including birds kept as pets. However, fanciers cannot hold a bird gathering in a bird flu protection zone, surveillance zone or an avian flu prevention zone. Current restrictions apply only to a 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone around one premises near Diss, South Norfolk.
● To find out what counts as a bird gathering, and the conditions you must meet, see: www. gov.uk/guidance/bird-gatherings- licences

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