UPDATE Avian Influenza advice to schools keeping chickens

From today the Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zones in England, Wales and Scotland have been in place for 12 weeks.  In Northern Ireland the 12 week period will be at an end on the 17th of March 2017.

After today the prevention zones will still be in place but there will be a change to what security measures you have to put in place dependent on where you are in the country. For the most up to date information on the requirements where you live please refer to your regional Defra updates.

In England, all poultry keepers must continue to observe strict biosecurity measures, with housing or netting required in higher risk areas identified on their interactive map. The new approach now gives most keepers in England the option to let birds outside whilst still taking reasonable precautions against avian flu.