An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been declared across the whole of England to help mitigate the risk of the disease spreading.
This means all bird keepers will need to follow strict biosecurity measures and any keeper with more than 500 birds will need to restrict access on their sites for non-essential people. Workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and site vehicles will need to be cleaned regularly.
For those with smaller flocks or aviary birds it is important to ensure that contact with wild birds is limited wherever possible. This could mean netting ponds, removing food sources, feeding your birds indoors, cleaning your footwear and keeping their living spaces tidy.
Bird keepers with unexpected deaths of their animals or suspicion of disease please call APHA on 0300 020 0301.
If you encounter a dead bird as a member of the public, please report it to the DEFRA Helpline on 03459 335 577.
While there are no reported cases in Staffordshire as of yet, the measures will be in place until further notice but will be kept under regular review.