Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) including housing measures: the whole of England

An avian influenza prevention zone (AIPZ) including mandatory housing measures is in force across the whole of England.

An avian influenza prevention zone (AIPZ) including mandatory housing measures is in force in England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November 2022 until further notice.

7 December: The avian influenza prevention zone (AIPZ) was amended to clarify the position on the free flying of certain bird species and on the release of game birds. These measures apply from 16:00 on 7 December 2022 and will remain in force until this declaration is otherwise amended or revoked by further declaration in writing.

Amended declaration of an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) including housing measures (England) (PDF)

This amends:

Declaration of an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) including housing measures (England) (PDF)

The AIPZ in England means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks, specialist collection or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to:

This declaration revokes and replaces the:

Declaration of Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (England - Declaration of regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (England - Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly and part of Somerset)

And the:

Declaration of a regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (England – Suffolk, Norfolk and parts of Essex)

The measures contained within the AIPZ are kept under regular review as part of the government’s work to monitor and manage the risks of avian influenza. Any decisions on when to amend or withdraw the AIPZ will be based on risk assessments containing the latest scientific and ornithological evidence and veterinary advice.

Published 7 November 2022
Last updated 7 December 2022 + show all updates
  1. 7 December: The avian influenza prevention zone (AIPZ) was amended to clarify the position on the free flying of certain bird species and on the release of game birds. These measures apply from 16.00 on 7 December 2022 and will remain in force until this declaration is otherwise amended or revoked by further declaration in writing.

  2. First published.