NFU Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Executive’s confirmation
of the timetable for the easing of restrictions, put in place following
the finding of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) in a
swan in Cellardyke harbour.
Reacting to the announcement by the First Minister, NFUS Vice-president
Jim McLaren said:
“We are very pleased that no further cases of AI have been
found, despite the greatly increased monitoring of wild birds and
domestic birds within the Surveillance and Protection Zones.
“We believe that the planned easing of restrictions in this
controlled way is sensible and proportionate to the current situation.
It strikes the correct balance between ensuring that birds are
protected against AI and allowing them to be housed and moved as
“However, the need for vigilance and high biosecurity continues.
The assistance by members of the public in reporting dead wild
birds has been very helpful and we would urge them to continue
to be watchful.
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