A case of avian influenza H5N8 has been confirmed in a commercial flock of farmed breeding pheasants in Pilling, Preston, Lancashire. Defra have put in place a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
You can read the formal declaration with its map of the zones here:
As H5N8 bird flu continues to be found in wild birds and some kept flocks in the UK, government has joined with leading countryside organisations including the CLA to issue an important advisory update on avian flu to all involved with gamebirds.
The H5N8 strain is highly pathogenic and can be passed from wild birds to kept flocks. It can be transmitted directly from bird to bird or via the environment, for example in bird droppings or on people and equipment.
Risks to human health from H5N8 are very low and bird flu does not pose a food safety risk.
CLA members with any questions about this update should contact CLA Land Use Policy Adviser Fraser McAuley at Fraser.McAuley@cla.org.uk.