Raystede is closed to general visitors for essential maintenance work on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 September.
We are very much open for animals and rehoming appointments will still go ahead as planned. For any urgent enquiries, please phone us on 01825 840252 or email us at info@raystede.org. Thank you.
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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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