Smallholders are being reminded of ways to avoid Avian flu in their poultry flock as the contagious disease is being carried by wild birds.

A new poster outlining simple preventative measures is targeted at smallholders and they are encouraged to print it and keep it handy.

The poster was put together by Defra and the Scottish and Welsh governments, with support from the National Farmers Union, the British Hen Welfare Trust, the RSPCA and the Poultry Club of Great Britain.

If you suspect any type of avian influenza you must report it via the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. A reminder - failure to do so is an offence.