An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been declared across the whole of England and a separate one for the whole of Wales.
This comes after cases of ‘bird flu’ were confirmed in parts of England, including Cheshire.
Bird keepers, which means anyone with poultry or other captive birds, including pets, must now follow strict bio-security measures set out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
There are additional requirements for keepers of 500 or more poultry or other captive birds.
Keepers with more than 500 birds are required to restrict access for non-essential people. Workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering enclosures and vehicles will need to be disinfected regularly.