#8220;As the virus has been circulating across Europe, this finding has not come as a surprise. But it is vital that anyone who keeps birds #8211; whether a few in a back garden or thousands on a farm #8211; is vigilant for any signs of disease, reports suspect disease to APHA and maintains good biosecurity to reduce the risk of their birds becoming infected.#8221;
While there is no legislative requirement to put restrictions in place when this strain of virus is found in wild birds, the Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed local measures will be introduced to help manage the potential threat.
This 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.
BIRD flu has been detected in 17 wild birds in Hampshire#8217;s neighbouring county of Dorset, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed today, with more expected over the coming days.
Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301.
This means it will be mandatory for all captive bird keepers to put enhanced biosecurity measures in place such as feeding and watering birds indoors to minimise mixing with wild birds, minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning and disinfecting footwear and keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy.
The Food Standards Agency have said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.