Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

The current Regional Avian Influenza (Bird flu) Prevention Zone covers Norfolk and Suffolk, including the Broads.

DEFRA is the governing body that issues the national biosecurity guidelines we are following and their advice remains that the public should not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that they find.

National guidance states to call the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77 if you find deceased birds, or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 if you find sick/unwell birds.

The Authority is not able to euthanise or handle and dispose of diseased animal carcasses but we have offered resources to local authorities to help with the collection of dead birds from the main navigable waterways.

We are aware that a number of bird carcasses have been removed so far. We are continuing to work with partners, district councils and DEFRA/APHA to coordinate an ongoing local response in the Broads to remove and dispose of carcasses safely. Organisations (including the Broads Authority) will not enter areas such as private dykes to retrieve dead birds and landowners should refer to the DEFRA guidance regarding safe disposal.

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Posters and further information

We are displaying posters at prominent waterside locations to help inform the public regarding Avian Influenza.

If you would like to download and print your own posters to display, you can access these on the DEFRA website: Avian influenza (bird flu): posters for land managers

Wednesday 5 October 2022