Bird flu protection and surveillance zones are to be lifted from tomorrow, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced.

Bird flu protection zones were put in place after the bird flu outbreak last month. Experts have declared that it is now safe to lift the zones.

Bird flu protection zones: timetable

Saturday 8 December: The first protection zone is to lift, and become part of the wider surveillance zone.

Monday 10 December: The second protection zone will lift, and become part of the wider surveillance zone.

The requirement to house all birds within the restricted zone will also lift on Monday 10 December.

Wednesday 19 December: The wider surveillance zone and restricted zone will lift.

Bird flu protection and surveillance zones are to be lifted from tomorrow, as declared by Defra but, if you have any queries about the timetable, or bird flu in general, please call the Defra Helpline on 08459 33 55 77, which is open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

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