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Avian influenza (bird flu): how to spot and report the disease

Last updated: 21 Dec 2021 - see all updates
Published: 19 Mar 2021

Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of avian influenza.

Avian influenza (bird flu): how to spot and report the disease
Licensing

Licensing for Protection and Surveillance Zones

Where avian influenza is confirmed or suspected, restrictions are placed upon movements of birds in the area around the infected premises.

Check if you are in a disease control zone on our interactive map.

Poultry keepers can apply for licences for some low risk movements from any Protection Zone or Surveillance Zones currently in force.

General licences

General licences allow a movement or activity that would otherwise be prohibited. You need to check that you meet and comply with the conditions of the general licence. If you do so, you do not need to apply - you can rely on the general licence as providing authority for the movement or activity.

The following licences are available:

  • bird gathering general licence to arrange a fair, market, show, exhibition or other gathering involving the collecting together of captive birds in Scotland EXD178(AI)(S). In force from: 00.01 hours on 8 November 2021          
  • general licence for the movement of mammals within, into or out of a Protection Zone and from or to premises in a Surveillance Zone where poultry or other captive birds are kept EXD247(HPAI)(S). In force from: 16.00 hours on 9 November 2021
  • general licence for the movement of samples for salmonella testing from premises in the Protection Zone or Surveillance Zone EXD314(HPAI)(GB). In force from: 11.15 hours on 14 November 2021
  • general licence for the movement of poultry carcases for disposal from premises in a Protection Zone EXD339(HPAI)(GB). In force from: 16.00 hours on 18 November 2021
  • general licence for the movement of table eggs into, within or out of a Protection or Surveillance Zone EXD243(AI)(ES). In force from: 17:30 on 21 December 2021 
  • general licence for the movement of poultry by-products and hatching eggs for disposal from premises in a Protection or Surveillance Zone EXD389(HPAI)(GB). In force from 15:30 hours on 23 November 2021
  • general licence for the spreading on premises or movement of used poultry litter, poultry manure and poultry slurry originating from a premises in a Protection Zone or a Surveillance Zone EXD353(HPAI)(GB). In force from 17:00 hours on 25 November 2021

Specific licences

If you need to move something that is restricted in a Protection Zone or Surveillance Zone you should apply to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Complete the application requesting exemption from restrictions (EXD100) form and email to outbreak.licensing@apha.gov.uk.

You should give the licensing team as much notice as possible to process the requests and aim to allow at least 5 days for your licence application to be processed. Complex and high-risk movements will require extra time to assess and process. We will endeavour to clear urgent applications with less than 5 days’ notice but you should make contingency plans in case this is not possible.

If a licence is issued, it will normally allow a one-off movement and will be subject to certain conditions based on disease control risk.


Contact

Email: Animal.Health@gov.scot

Animal Health and Welfare 
Scottish Government
Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate
Saughton House
Edinburgh
 

First published: 19 Mar 2021 Last updated: 21 Dec 2021 -