Bird flu: Defra lifts ban on gatherings of poultry
Date of alert:
Friday, 25 August 2023
Defra has lifted its ban on gatherings of certain poultry and birds, including chickens, turkeys and pheasants, following the UK's largest ever outbreak of bird flu.
From Wednesday (23 August), gatherings of birds, which also include partridge, quail and guinea fowl, are permitted.
However, gatherings of ducks, geese and swans are still banned, Defra said.
The changes only apply to England, with all gatherings still banned in Scotland and Wales.
Farmers and keepers still need to follow the requirements of the poultry gathering general licence and notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) at least 7 days before the event.