Parts of the sanctuary, lakes area and aviaries will be closed to the public until further notice
The Government introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole UK at 5pm on Wednesday 3 November. We do NOT have this virus at Raystede but we are required to put in place a range of measures to protect our birds. We are still open and welcome visitors to the rest of the site – please book your ticket. Our animal rehoming services remain unaffected and will continue as normal; our bird rehoming service will be limited
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Avian Flu information

Why we must keep our birds safe

  • Avian influenza circulates naturally among wild birds and can be spread to poultry and other captive birds when they migrate to the UK from mainland Europe in winter.
  • It is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks.
  • In rare cases, avian flu can affect people if they touch infected birds, their droppings, bedding, etc, hence only essential Raystede personnel can access the areas where we keep our birds.
  • The bird flu cases are in no way connected to Covid-19, which is not carried in poultry.
  • The risk to public health is very low and UK food standards agencies advise that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.
  • Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

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