From 00:01 on 28 February 2017, a new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will come into effect in Scotland meaning that, from that date, keepers may let their birds out provided that they have enhanced biosecurity measures in place.

The risk level from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza remains at ‘high’ for wild birds and ‘low to medium’ for domestic birds, so it is essential that all bird keepers continue to ensure that their birds are protected from infection by practicing the highest levels of biosecurity. Having listened carefully to key industry stakeholders, Scottish Government’s decision to allow birds outside on 28 February, under enhanced biosecurity, provides a better balance between reducing disease risk and minimising the economic impact on Scotland’s vital free range poultry industry.

The declaration itself can be found on the Scottish Government’s website along with some FAQs.