Avian Influenza: Leighton Hall

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 15 June 2023.

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Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of Avian Influenza have been found on the Leighton Hall Estate in my Constituency in the past 100 years.

Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK is currently in the largest ever outbreak of avian influenza. Outbreaks of avian influenza in both kept and wild birds have occurred at an unprecedented scale across Europe and the UK with cases continuing to be confirmed into year two of the outbreak for the first time.

We do not comment on individual premises nor hold a full dataset on cases of avian influenza for the past 100 years, however, based on the available information, there have been no outbreaks of notifiable avian influenza confirmed in the Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency (Since 2006).

In terms of wild bird findings, since 2017, there has been a wild bird finding in a tufted duck near Carnforth in 2017, a finding in a mallard near Carnforth in 2021, a finding in a mute swan near Whittington in 2021, and a finding in a common buzzard near Carnforth in 2022. These have all been in the Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency. Findings of Avian Influenza in wild birds are published online and can be found on Gov.uk.

Epidemiological reports setting out our investigations into previous outbreaks of avian influenza in Great Britain have been published and are available on Gov.uk.

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