Avian influenza (bird flu)

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Scottish Ministers have amended the declaration that introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) on 11 November that covered the whole of Scotland.

Although birds will no longer be required to be housed from 31 March 2021, the AIPZ remains in place and good biosecurity is still absolutely vital as the risk of avian influenza remains present. When birds are released, it will be mandatory for them to be in a fenced area, and ponds and watercourses must be fenced off.  Bird gatherings (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) will remain prohibited.

Read our guidance about preparing to release your birds (68.4kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

For further details of the latest situation and guidance please visit the Scottish Government (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website.