Poultry and captive bird restrictions have been lifted as the risk of avian flu outbreak has lessened.

England was declared a prevention zone by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in December due to a specific strain of avian influenza affecting parts of Europe.

The restriction applied to anyone who kept poultry including those who had chickens at home.

In April, restrictions were relaxed so that keepers were no longer required to house poultry or have netting in place.

From Monday, the order was updated so that only areas of Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside remain under restriction.

In Nottinghamshire, bird keepers must apply for a new general licence for a bird gathering as the previous licences have been revoked and are no longer valid.

All bird keepers, regardless of the number of birds they keep, are encouraged to continue to follow best practice especially around biosecurity - this includes cleansing and disinfecting of vehicles, equipment and footwear as a minimum requirement.

Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu