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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

Postby rick » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:52 pm

Hi Col,

The Welsh Gov advice is really unclear I think.
http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcoun ... u/?lang=en

"New Avian Influenza Prevention Zone - 28 February to 30 April
Expert advice suggests it is unlikely the current level of risk will change before the current Avian Influenza Prevention Zone is scheduled to end on 28 February. In view of this, and following consultation with industry and veterinary representatives, the Cabinet Secretary has decided to put in place a new Prevention Zone, that will take effect from midnight on 28 February until 30 April."

But what is the new prevention zone? Before the 28th it is the whole of Wales (like England). After the 28th I can only see a link to the England (DEFRA) prevention zones which stop exactly at the Welsh border. Is it still the whole of Wales and just the notification rules have been updated?
(Im just asking generally Col in a slightly ranty fashion!)

"Keepers of poultry and other captive birds in the new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone must ensure:

They complete the Welsh Government Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Self Assessment Form.
They adopt one or more of the following:
(i) house their birds
(ii) keep totally separate from wild birds, by use of netting etc
(iii) allow controlled access to outside areas, subject to applying additional risk mitigation measures." ...

Maybe I’m missing something and I don’t live in Wales... but its bothering me!
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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

Postby ColinB » Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:45 pm

Thanks for this, Rick.

It wasn't up when I looked at the Welsh Gov. site this morning with my coffee so I'll have to study it carefully... but my first reading has left me somewhat confused. I've yet to find out where I can read a copy of the Welsh Government Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Self Assessment Form, and then do I have to send it off? I've only got 4 chickens!!!!!!

Like you say, the map is only for England and even when a High Risk area is on the border it stops at Wales.... which makes no sense at all.

"Watch this space" I suppose. Like you... it's bothering me. Perhaps it'll get a bit clearer, but I won't be holding my breath. *sigh*

Anyway.... it's nearly time for a glass of wine.
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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

Postby dinosaw » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:09 pm

The new prevention zone in Wales is basically a green light to return to free ranging provide you use a bit of common sense as per 2(iii). A good move in accepting that the current restrictions are now doing more harm than good. The self assessment form is there so they can sue you if you have an outbreak and haven't followed their biosecurity and risk mitigation measures.
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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

Postby rick » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:40 pm

Right - so it is the whole of the country as a similar 'high' risk rather than 'higher' risk as we have in zones on the map in England - but with the duty to carry out the risk assessment which would only be called upon if things went wrong in your flock (rather like the HSE would expect from you if you fell off a ladder while at work I guess.) Seems very reasonable.
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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

Postby ColinB » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:28 am

Thanks, both. That was my reading of it (after a few tries), except I couldn't find hide nor hair of the self-assessment form. I'll try again before the end of the month.
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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

Postby chickenfan » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:32 pm

It seems after 28 February a lot of us will be able to let our birds out again, with only high risk areas like coasts and some other areas restricted.
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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

Postby chickenfan » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:09 pm

Here is the link to check the regulations for your area http://www.gisdiseasemap.defra.gov.uk/i ... an/map.jsp
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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

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Re: Bird Flu Alert - keep poultry under cover, DEFRA.

Postby Icemaiden » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:45 pm

I liked the first of the BBC videos in that link- very good :D
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