Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Animal Health and Welfare team offers free, reliable and impartial advice on rules, regulations and best practice of keeping farm animals.
We ensure that livestock movements are recorded, to help prevent the spread of disease among farm animals. We also ensure that animals are humanely treated during transport and sale and that their food is safe and appropriately labelled.
We also offer free publications, codes of welfare, record books, and movement documents.
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - How to Spot It in Birds and Report It
Housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza are being extended and will be in force across England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November 2022.
This means that, from this time, it will be a mandatory requirement for all bird keepers across England to keep their birds housed and to follow strict biosecurity measures, in order to limit the spread and to eradicate the disease.
More information is available on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-housing-order-to-be-introduced-across-england.
Definitive requirements are set out in the published declarations for each disease control zone currently in force. More information is available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england
You can also check if specific areas are in a zone by using the following interactive map: https://defra.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8cb1883eda5547c6b91b5d5e6aeba90d.
The Chief Veterinary Officer has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe
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How to contact Animal Health and Welfare
Please send your completed Sheep and Goat Movement Licences to:
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Animal Health and Welfare
Tel: 01225 396753
Fax: 01225 396142
Follow this link for Holding and Herd Number Registration information.
GOV.UK – Report a movement on the self-service telephone line
CTSonline – for online reporting
Sheep and goats movement
GOV.UK – Sheep and goats movement general licence
Livestock information service – Paper movement licences
Other Council services
Other useful contacts
- Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)
- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
- Rural Payment Agency (RPA)
Tel: 0845 6037777
- British Cattle Movement Service
Tel: 0845 050 1234
- GB Poultry Register
Tel: 0800 634 1112
- HorseWorld Trust
Delmar Hall, Keynes Farm,
Staunton Lane, Whitchurch
Bristol, BS14 0QL
Direct line: 01275 893022
Fax: 01275 836909
- British Horse Society
Tel: 02476 840574
More information about animal health and welfare can also be found on the Trading Standards Institute website.