A number of our members were out at the weekend providing maintenance to the duck nesting tubes on club land.
Hopefully we have now said goodbye to the Beast from the East and on to better weather.
BASC is advising its members that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has declared an avian influenza prevention zone across the whole of England.
The announcement comes after Defra confirmed bird ‘flu has been detected in 31 wild birds in Dorset and 13 wild birds in Warwickshire.
Defra established a local prevention zone in Dorset but has now extended the zone across the country on a precautionary basis. It does not cover Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The zone makes it a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. There are no plans to carry out any culls or put movement restrictions in place.
Public Health England have advised the risk to public health remains very low and the Food Standards Agency have said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
Glynn Evans, BASC head of game and deer management, said: “Shooting is not restricted by the arrival of bird ‘flu in the UK. But it is important the wider shooting community remains vigilant to bird ‘flu and makes itself aware of how to spot symptoms of the disease.”
The government’s chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens said: “Following the latest finding of bird flu in wild birds in Warwickshire, we are extending our action to help prevent the virus spreading to poultry and other domestic birds.
“Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to meet enhanced biosecurity requirements and this is in your interests to do, to protect your birds from this highly infectious virus.”
The prevention zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review as part of Defra’s work to monitor the threat of bird flu.
Members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and keepers should report suspicion of disease to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on 03000 200 301.
Merry Christmas and a happy 2017 from all at Clevedon Wildfowling.
The Environment Agency has issued a warning due to the heavy winds and high tides expected in the coming days. The incoming tides are expected to be faster moving and higher than previously timetabled.
Blessed with sunshine the first clay shoot of the year got off to a bang. Members young and old in attendance displaying their skills.
We are very pleased to announce that we have been able to secure the purchase of 13.80 acres of grazing land and a pond in Kingston Seymour, which will allow the club to carry out further conservation work and manage shooting opportunities.
As of 23rd December a case of Avian Flu strain H5N8 has been detected in wigeon in Somerset.
We ask all members to be vigilant and follow the guidance issued by DEFRA on the matter.