SEVENTY per cent of visits aimed at identifying bird keepers following an outbreak of bird flu have been completed, BCP Council confirmed.

A temporary control zone covering all of Bournemouth, most of Christchurch and Poole was declared following an outbreak of bird flu at a premises in Pokesdown on November 19.

Providing an update, a BCP Council spokesperson said: “We have completed 70 per cent of our visits aimed at identifying bird keepers in order to provide precautionary advice.

“We should be completed by end of the week, or possibly into the weekend.

“No new cases in Bournemouth have been identified although there have been outbreaks in other parts of the country.

“As a result of this, a new order from Defra has been issued requiring bird breeders to keep their flock’s under-cover.

“This order affects BCP residents and businesses, whom we are advising through direct contact and media messaging.”