Advice and help for farmers, keepers and transporters of livestock

Here you can find where to get forms, how to let us know about welfare issues and you'll find links to the main websites for further information and advice.  So, whatever you need, select the menu item on the left hand side of the page, or contact us at:

Trading Standards, County Offices, Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4RQ

Tel: 01539 713594     Fax: 01539 713580  Email:

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

A National Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared for the whole of England.

This means it is mandatory for all captive bird keepers in England to put enhanced biosecurity measures in place.  This Zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review as part of our work to monitor the threat of bird flu.

It is vital that anyone who keeps birds, whether a few in a back garden or thousands on a commercial unit is vigilant.  All poultry keepers should:

  • minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures

  • clean footwear before and after visiting birds, using a Government approved disinfectant at entrances and exits

  • clean and disinfect vehicles and equipment that have come into contact with poultry

  • keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and walkways

  • humanely control rats and mice

  • place birds' food and water in fully enclosed areas protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly

  • keep birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around outdoor areas they access

  • keep a close watch on birds for any signs of disease and report any very sick birds or unexplained deaths to your Vet

Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra Helpline on 0345 933 5577 and bird keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 0300 020 0301.

Further avian influenza advice, including how to spot the disease, is available in England here.