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Avian Flu restrictions introduced in Ringstead area

Trading Standards

03 May 2023


Following a case of Avian Flu amongst captive birds, a 3km Captive bird (monitoring) controlled zone has been introduced in the Ringstead area.

Measures were introduced at the end of April and will remain until further notice.

Details of the area covered and full details of what the measures mean for anyone who keeps poultry, captive birds or who transports eggs in/from the control zone are available on central government’s website.

Anyone who lives in the controlled zone is being asked to fill in an online form to let North Northamptonshire Council know whether or not birds are kept on the premises and guide action to try and prevent the further spread of disease. 

This case follows 4 wild birds (3 blacked headed gulls near Stanwick and 1 black headed gull near Rushden) which were found to have been infected with Avian Flu and North Northamptonshire Council are warning residents and anyone who keeps birds to be aware.

Although mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds were lifted in April, these cases show that Avian Flu is still circulating in the area.

I would ask that anyone who keeps birds in the Ringstead area to read the Government advice and make sure they are following the current measures, including keeping records of visitors and accurate records of poultry movement.
Cllr David Brackenbury, the council’s Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration (which covers Trading Standards)
I appreciate that the last few months have been extremely difficult for bird keepers in North Northamptonshire and across the whole of the UK and this case will be a further disappointment for bird keepers in the Ringstead area. I hope these measures will help prevent more cases in the local area.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

More details about the lifting of mandatory housing measures
Government advice on how to prevent bird flu
How to report dead wild birds