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Temporary suspension of bird gatherings will be lifted from May 15 in Wales

Staff Writer |
The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths has announced the temporary suspension of gatherings of certain bird species in Wales will be lifted, from May 15.

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The temporary suspension was introduced in December 2016 after the declaration of the whole of Wales as an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. This followed the confirmation of the H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza across European countries, the Middle East and North Africa.

Last week, the Cabinet Secretary confirmed the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone would not be replaced after its expiry on 30 April. The temporary suspension on gatherings of some species of birds in Wales, however, remained.

The lifting of the temporary suspension, from 15 May, follows an updated evidence-based risk assessment and is dependent on no further outbreaks of H5N8 in poultry or other captive birds or findings in wild birds.

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