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Safari tours of the Norfolk Broads by kayak

The RSPB is organising a series of safaris in kayaks on the Broads in Norfolk.

The RSPB is organising a series of safaris in kayaks on the Broads in Norfolk.

The idea is that you combine a bit of healthy exercise with the chance to see at first hand the wildlife on offer.

Over the next few weeks, Martin Rendle will be involved in organising a series of guided kayak tours along the River Yare and adjoining broads around the RSPB's Strumpshaw Fen nature reserve.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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Anti-bird flu restrictions to be lifted on poultry flock

Restrictions were first put in place in December 2016 to keep poultry indoors. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Restrictions on poultry following the recent bird flu outbreak will be lifted, the government has announced.

Owners will no longer have to keep their birds housed or enclosed in netting, after experts decided the level of risk had reduced.

Strict disease prevention measures and a ban on poultry gatherings will remain in place.

The move will come into effect on 13 April

All poultry and bird keepers in England must continue to comply with strict biosecurity measures. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Based on the latest evidence on reduced numbers of migratory and resident aquatic wild birds we believe that kept birds in the areas we previously designated as higher risk are now at the same level of risk as the rest of England and may now be let outside.

"However, all keepers must still observe strict disease prevention measures to reduce the risk of contamination from the environment, where the virus can survive for several weeks in bird droppings.

"This does not mean business as usual: the risk from avian flu has not gone away and a prevention zone remains in place, requiring keepers across England to take steps to prevent disease spreading."

– Professor Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer
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