Avian influenza prevention zone is to be extended
THE avian influenza prevention zone announced on December 6, is to be extended until February 28, the Scottish Government has confirmed.
The prevention zone applies to all poultry and captive birds in Scotland, and requires keepers to continue to have their birds indoors or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds.
There is also a GB-wide ban on poultry shows and similar gatherings.
All bird keepers must also take extra steps to ensure good biosecurity on their premises and minimise the risk of infection and further spread of Avian Influenza.
Extra steps include: making sure birds’ feed and water can’t be accessed by wild birds; avoid- ing transfer of contamination between premises by cleansing and disinfecting equipment, vehicles and footwear; reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry or captive birds are kept; implementing effective vermin control around buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept; providing wash facilities or dips containing approved disinfectant (at the right concentration) at key points such as farm entrances and entrances to bird houses.
There was a fantastic start to the new year on Mull with a spectacular fireworks display at Tobermory, as captured in this great photograph by AJ MacLeod.