On 27 January 2021 the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales confirmed the presence of H5N8 avian influenza near Amlwch, Anglesey in Wales. Further testing confirmed this to be a Highly Pathogenic strain. To reduce the risk of the transmission of avian influenza, Welsh Ministers have declared a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone around the infected premises. The 3km Protection Zone was lifted on 20 February 2021 and the area merged with the 10km Surveillance Zone. Following successful completion of disease control measures and surveillance the 10km Surveillance zone was lifted on 1 March 2021. Local movement restrictions have now been removed but the national Avian Influenza Prevention Zone measures remain in place. The latest updates on Avian Influenza in Wales can be found on the Welsh government website.
In these uncertain and often challenging times it is more important than ever to look after our own and others’ mental health.
If you or anyone you know are experiencing anxiety or stress then help and support is available nationally via the Farming Community Network (FCN), Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and The DPJ Foundation websites.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund has also published a directory of local farm and rural support groups.