Avian Influenza

Latest Update

Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds are to be introduced to all areas of England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November, following a decision by the United Kingdom's Chief Veterinary Officer.

The housing measures legally require all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the disease, regardless of type or size.


Reporting Cases

If you suspect any type of bird flu in poultry or captive birds, you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.


You should call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visably sick birds that you find.


If you find a dead coastal bird (such as a gull or a tern) on public land, please contact Chichester District Council by calling 01243 534619.


Any sick or injured birds should be reported to the RSPCA on 0300 1234999


For further information and updates, please see the Government website