A cordon surrounding Ryde Canoe Lake is to be removed as the risk of bird flu has reduced.
The government has very recently announced that the risk of Avian Influenza to both wild and kept birds has reduced to ‘medium’.
As a result, the current cordon at Ryde Canoe Lake will be removed with some maintenance taking place before it is fully reopened for residents to use.
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) requiring enhanced biosecurity will remain in force, but on Wednesday night (31st March) the restrictions on keeping poultry and other captive birds housed will be removed.
Biosecurity measures as part of the AIPZ remain in force until further notice and are a legal requirement for all bird keepers in England — whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock.
Bird gatherings are still prohibited and high standards of biosecurity remain essential as infection may still be present in the environment. Bird gatherings include (but are not limited to) bird fairs, markets, shows, sales and exhibitions.
The Isle of Wight Council advises anyone who finds dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds such as gulls or birds of prey you should still continue to report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 335577.