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Confirmed cases of Avian Influenza in Ceredigion



THE ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH AGENCY have confirmed the detection of Avian Influenza in two deceased birds within the boundary of RSPB Ynys-hir, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, Ceredigion SY20 8TA. The affected birds are known to be wild birds. No cases in captive birds within the locality have currently been identified. 

There are no exclusion zones established in cases of wild bird infection. However, staff from Ceredigion County Council`s Public Protection service are contacting neighbouring farms to give advice and guidance. They are also liaising with colleagues in the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and neighbouring authorities.

The RSPB Ynys-hir reserve is closed today in response to the cases, and they are currently looking into measures to protect the public. Visitors are encouraged to stay away from the area to prevent possible further spread of the Avian Flu infection until more information is given. Any updates to the opening of their facilities will be advertised on their Facebook page.

Infected wild birds could cause infection to premises where poultry, game birds, pet or other captive birds are kept. This could be through direct or indirect contact. Therefore, these cases are further evidence for the need for keepers of birds to remain vigilant to the threat of avian influenza and the need to practice enhanced biosecurity to prevent the onward transmission of avian influenza within the locality.

Measures such as the following are mandatory as required by the All Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone:

  • Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example, by netting ponds and by removing wild bird food sources
  • Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds
  • Minimise movement of people in and out of bird enclosures
  • Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy
  • Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy areas
  • Keep domestic ducks and geese separate from other poultry

Further information on the Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone can be found here:

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member responsible for Finance and Public Protection Services, stated: “Although the requirement for mandatory housing of captive birds has not yet been declared, it is advisable that keepers of birds within large poultry farms and those with captive birds in the vicinity of the nature reserve to consider housing their birds within enclosed accommodation.”

All poultry keepers should also be vigilant for signs of disease in their flocks, including newly deceased birds, and to report any suspicion immediately to the Animal and Plant Health Agency on 0300 1000 313 or at

The most common symptoms for avian flu are as follows:

·         swollen heads

·         a blue colouration of the comb and wattles

·         ocular and nasal discharge

·         dullness

·         lack of appetite

·         respiratory distress

·         diarrhoea

·         significant drop in egg production

If you notice any of these symptoms in any live bird, please contact the local The Animal and Plant Health Agency on 0300 1000 313, or the Local Authority at on 01545 570881. 

The risk of transmission between birds and humans is very low. Nevertheless you should not touch any dead birds. The following guidance from the NHS provides further information on the risk of avian flu:

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Council makes available wellbeing and mental health support for social care providers



The programme will run until March 2022

IN RECOGNITION of the important work of the social care sector and impact of the Covid pandemic on social care providers and their staff, Ceredigion County Council has made available a programme of wellbeing and mental health support sessions.

The programme consists of Wellbeing and Mental health Awareness, Mental Health First Aid (Adults and Youth) and also offers facilitated support sessions.

The programme of events will run from December through to March 2022.

Any social care provider, carer or personal assistant can request more information or book a place on these sessions by emailing

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Avian Influenza identified in poultry on Anglesey



THE CHIEF Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop has confirmed the presence of avian influenza H5N1 in a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks at a premises on the Isle of Anglesey.

A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone Area have been imposed around the small infected premises, to limit the risk of disease spread.

The risk to public health from the virus is considered to be very low and these cases do not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

A case of avian influenza was confirmed in poultry and wild birds in Wrexham County borough last month. There have been similar findings of avian influenza in the UK and Europe.

On Wednesday this week the Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland agreed to bring in new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza. These measures come into force on Monday, 29 November.

All keepers are strongly advised to be vigilant for signs of the disease such as increased mortality or respiratory distress. If keepers have any concerns about the health of their birds, they are encouraged to seek prompt advice from their veterinary surgeon.

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, said:

“This confirmation of a case of avian influenza in poultry on the Isle of Anglesey is further evidence of the need for all keepers of birds to ensure they have the very highest levels of biosecurity in place.

“We have announced new housing measures will come into force from next Monday to protect poultry and kept birds, but I must stress that this is at its most effective when combined with implementation of the most stringent biosecurity measures.

“Public Health Wales has said the risk to the health of the public from Avian Influenza is very low and the Food Standards Agency has made clear it does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

“Temporary control zones have been imposed to help prevent further spread of the disease.

“Suspicion of avian influenza or any other notifiable disease must be reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency immediately.”

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Commitment to collaborative approach for Celtic Sea floating wind project



A SUCCESSFUL Celtic Sea APPG Reception, attended by over 100 key representatives of Industry and MPs, was hosted by Cherilyn Mackrory and the Celtic Sea Developers Alliance at the House of Commons on Monday.
The event, which included speakers from The Crown Estate, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK and the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart promoted floating wind (FLOW), which will become a key global technology in achieving a cost-effective Net Zero.
Cherilyn Mackrory MP for Truro and Falmouth and Celtic Sea APPG Member said:
“It was fantastic to be able to bring together developers, supply chain partners and Parliamentarians to hear more about the exciting opportunities for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea and positive announcements have set the scene for our discussions.
Particularly, the Government’s commitment to floating offshore wind as part of the Net Zero Strategy, building on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to deliver 1GW of energy through floating offshore wind by 2030.”
Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales said: “The development of floating off shore wind projects in our waters could create thousands of sustainable jobs in Wales, boosting our economy and accelerating the UK’s shift to clean growth. I’m delighted to support projects in the Celtic Sea which will help the UK Government reach our aim of net-zero emissions by 2050 and to see Wales at the forefront of this exciting opportunity. “
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change stated that offshore wind will become the backbone of the future energy system requiring 100GW of installed capacity by 2050, with floating wind set to deliver 50% of that target. Delivering 100GW of offshore wind will provide a huge economic opportunity across the UK.
The Celtic Sea will play a key role in delivering UK and Irish low carbon targets with an estimated 50GW of realisable wind resource, in turn, driving regional development, creating new supply chain opportunities, a just energy transition and a significant portion of the 29,000 jobs forecast by 2050.
The Celtic Sea Developers Alliance brings together FLOW developer interests from Cornwall and the Great South West, Ireland and Wales to strengthen collaboration between the three regions with the aim of realising the economic and low carbon energy opportunity presented by FLOW

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