The National Farmers Union (NFU) have released a poster warning poultry farmers, big or small, about the dangers of Avian Influenza.

With a prevention zone in place across the whole country and three outbreaks of the disease, two of which in backyard flocks, enhanced levels of biosecurity are necessary for all keepers of poultry.

To aid poultry farmers the NFU have produced a poster aimed at backyard flock keepers with some top tips to keep birds safe while restrictions apply to help prevent the spread of Avian Influenza.

Any body wanting more information is encouraged to download the PDF image from the NFU website, print the poster and distribute as seen fit.

Gary Ford, NFU chief poultry adviser, said: “I would urge all of our poultry members to continue to practice enhanced biosecurity at all times and to be vigilant for signs of disease.

"I would also ask that other people that keep hens, geese and ducks to follow our tips and Defra’s advice as they have an important part to play in reducing the risk of AI both to their birds as well as the commercial poultry sector.”

The Prevention Zone was first announced on 6 December 2016 and will now remain in place until 28 February 2017. All poultry owners are required to take the appropriate measures to ensure their flock abides by Governments call for increased biosecurity.