8th September 2022

A case of Avian Flu was reported on 6 September in commercial poultry at a premises near Heybridge, Maldon, Essex.

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a notifiable animal disease.

If you suspect any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds, you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.




Reporting dead wild birds ⚠️

You should call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:

  • One or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • Three or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese, and ducks)
  • Five or more dead birds of any species

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

Please read the full guidance on Avian Flu at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu