Submitted by Steve on 16:57, 23rd Nov, 2020 | 0

The GSPCA are urging bird owners to protect their pets.

With growing numbers of cases of H5N8 avian influenza throughout the UK their Animal & Plant Department Agency have been sending out weekly notifications of new cases in both wild and domestic birds with the most recent case today in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Recently the States of Guernsey States Vets published this information on their facebook page -

‘The UK have reported outbreaks of Avian Influenza and therefore the whole of England has been declared as an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.

Upcoming poultry shows have been cancelled locally as a result of this and we echo the advice from the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer that bird keepers must:

  • 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 your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures;
  • Clean 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.

Further guidance is available from the website: ’

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Sadly it seems each year at this time outbreaks of avian flu are detected and at the GSPCA we are ensuring we continue with heightened bio-security due to the large numbers of birds we help and care for.”

“It is important that we all take extra precautions in the Channel Islands to ensure our pet and farm birds are as safe as possible from bird flu.”

"We all are fully aware of the importance of bio-security due to the challenges we all face with Covid-19 and especially here at the GSPCA where we have to care for animals that can arrive with zoonotic diseases."

“We will of course update our website with any further alerts and the links we have online take your to the latest information available.”

Poultry keepers and members of the public with concerns should contact the States Veterinary Officer by calling 01481 257261 email [email protected] 

Further avian influenza advice, including how to spot the disease, is available:-

In England at

In Scotland at  

In Wales at

In Guernsey at

Guernsey States Vet facebook page -

In line with States of Guernsey advice please DO NOT visit the GSPCA if have been outside of the Bailiwick of Guernsey in line with their advice or have any symptoms of Coronavirus and we continue visits to the Shelter for only essential reasons and to please call us on 01481 257261 or email [email protected] before your trip to see if we can help without you coming to the Shelter. For the latest information and advice please visit

The GSPCA continues with all essential services and we plane to phase other services back into operation and to find out more please visit -

With huge challenges on our resources and a drop in income from boarding and donations please help us help animals in Guernsey with our #GSPCACoronavirusCrisisAppeal by donating online via -

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