Avian influenza (bird flu) cases in East Sussex
The Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed a case of avian influenza (bird flu) in poultry at a premises in north Bexhill and a captive bird case at Guestling Green.
Wild birds have also been found with avian influenza. The affected area is the whole of East Sussex.
See guidance on Avian influenza (bird flu) - GOV.UK
All poultry on the premises have been humanely culled, and Defra has set up a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone around the premises:
All premises within the Bexhill Protection Zone will receive the following letter:
- Bexhill Protection Zone Letter [340.8 KB] [pdf]
Guestling Green Case
Defra has set up a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone around the premises:
- Declaration of a Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone (Avian Influenza) – Guestling Green, Rother, East Sussex
All premises within the Guestling Green Protection Zone will receive the following letter:
- Guestling Green Protection Zone Letter [333.7 KB] [pdf]
If you have any further questions, please see the document below:
- Avian Influenza FAQ's [633.0 KB] [pdf]
All poultry keepers survey
Anyone who lives within either the 3km Protection Zone (Bexhill) or 3km Controlled Zone (Guestling Green) and keeps poultry needs to complete the following survey which will help scientists assess the risk of spread among birds.
Birds within the 3km zones should be kept housed, not outdoors.
Risk to the public
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that bird flu is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low.
Rother District Council, Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex County Council and other local partners are working with Defra to contain further spread.
If you find a sick or dead bird on public land please do not touch it or pick it up - report it to your local district or borough council:
- Eastbourne Borough Council
- Hastings Borough Council
- Lewes District Council
- Rother District Council
- Wealden District Council
If you find three or more dead wild waterfowl (such as swans, geese or ducks), gulls or birds of prey, or five or more dead birds of any species you should also report them to the Government helpline:
Telephone: 03459 33 55 77
Please always keep your dog on a lead and away from any dead or dying birds.
If you find a sick or dead bird on private land (including your own premises) please do not touch it and keep pets away. You should report it to the Government helpline who will provide advice on what to do.
Telephone: 03459 33 55 77