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Bird gatherings: guidance

Published: 11 Nov 2020
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Guidance for organisers of bird gatherings in Scotland.

11 Nov 2020
Bird gatherings: guidance

Definition of a bird gathering

Bird gatherings are occasions at which birds are brought together (from different locations) for any purpose, and afterwards disperse to more than one location. This includes fairs, markets, shows, sales or exhibitions, races or meetings (for example pigeons), and traders who gather birds from different sources to be sold online.

Birds which are gathered together from different sources (such as internet sales), but remain in one location for at least 13 days after the arrival of the last bird, would not be considered a gathering.

General licence compliance

The bird gatherings general licence that came into force on 22 November 2018 has now been revoked following the introduction of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone across all of Scotland on 11 November 2020. Poultry, game birds or waterfowl are no longer permitted to attend gatherings whilst this zone is in place.

Notifiable diseases

If you suspect that a bird might be suffering from avian influenza, or any other notifiable avian disease, you must contact your nearest Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office immediately – failure to do this is an offence.

The latest information on gatherings in England and Wales is available on their websites.
First published: 11 Nov 2020 Last updated: 11 Nov 2020 -