Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ)
Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service have advised us that as of 5pm on the 3 November 2021 an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was declared across Great Britain. This means that all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard are required by law to take a range of bio-security precautions:
- Schedule 1 - Minimum biosecurity measures applying to all keepers
· Keep domestic ducks and geese separate from other poultry.
· Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources.
· Feed and water their birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds.
· Minimise movement into and out of bird enclosures.
· Cleanse and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy.
· Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy areas.
· Keep free ranging birds within fenced areas, and ponds, watercourses and permanent standing water must be fenced off (except in specific circumstances, e.g., zoo birds).
- Schedule 2 –Enhanced biosecurity measures for premises with over 500 poultry or other captive birds
Keepers with more than 500 birds will need to restrict access for non-essential people on their sites, workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and site vehicles will need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
Full details of what is required can be found on the government website: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1030990/aipz-declaration.pdf
To assist all bird keepers in complying with the new rules, the biosecurity guidance and self-assessment checklists have been updated and all the latest information can be found at
Remember that if you have poultry it is your responsibility to keep updated on any outbreaks and an easy way to do this is to sign up for text notifications -register with the APHA alerts service.
The Hundred club winners for October 2021 are:-
1st Prize No. 5 Christine Squirrell
2nd Prize No. 9 Dafydd Watts
3rd Prize No. 74 Emily Watts
ISLE ABBOTTS PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council have received complaints concerning dog fouling in the areas of Otterham Lane (The Drove) and Townfield footpath (linking Blind Lane down towards the River).
POLITE notices will shortly be displayed in these areas and we would respectively ask all dog owners/walkers to clear up their dog poo wherever it may be in the village.
Isle Abbotts Parish Council
ISLE ABBOTTS PARISH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF THANKS
THE MEMBERS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL WISH TO CONVEY THEIR THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE IN THE VILLAGE WHO HAVE UNDERTAKEN ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, TASKS IN HELPING AND BENEFITTING THE COMMUNITY DURING THESE VERY DIFFICULT TIMES