Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Avian influenza (bird flu) mainly affects birds, It can also affect humans and other mammals.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been declared across the whole of Scotland as of 17:00 on 11 November 2020. It introduces stringent biosecurity measures for all bird keepers (including those who keep pet birds) to help prevent the spread of avian influenza from wild birds or any other source. The decision to implement this zone follows a risk assessment containing the latest evidence and veterinary advice.
If you keep poultry or other captive birds, you must take action now to reduce the risk of disease in your flock by following the relevant biosecurity measures required within the zone. This applies just as much if you only have a few birds as pets, or if you have a large commercial flock. An outbreak of avian influenza in back garden chickens results in the same restrictions on movement of birds. It has the same impact on farmers and trade in poultry as an outbreak on a commercial farm would have. Good biosecurity improves the overall health and productivity of your flock by helping keep out poultry diseases, such as avian influenza, and limiting the spread of diseases in an outbreak.
All bird gatherings within the prevention zone are prohibited. Therefore, the general licence that had permitted bird gatherings has been revoked.
Tips on protecting your birds from the risk of bird flu can be found here (pdf)
For further information https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu/