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Poultry allowed to roam outside as restrictions lifted

A prevention zone is still in place, although free range birds are now allowed outside Photo: PA

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Animal and Plant Health Agency are lifting restrictions on the movement of free range birds in poultry farms.

Chickens and other farmed birds will be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April.

This follows an announcement by the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer, of updated evidence on any risks from wild birds.

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. We continue to keep measures under review and keepers should check GOV.UK for regular updates.

– Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens

Poultry farmers are still required to follow biosecurity measures and poultry gatherings are also still banned until further notice.

Certain restrictions were put in place after the H5N8 avian flu was found in wild and farmed birds, including chickens, turkey, ducks and geese, in the UK last December.