United Kingdom Temporary ban put in place
The government said the ban did not apply to pigeons or aviary birds as they posed a "much lower risk of passing the disease to domestic poultry". Chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens said: "This ban on gatherings is a proportionate step that will help protect our farmers and bird keepers from seeing their flocks infected with this disease that can have a devastating impact on poultry."
Earlier this month, the government told owners to keep birds indoors for 30 days to protect them from the highly-infectious strain of avian flu. The H5N8 bird flu strain has been found in poultry and wild birds in 14 European countries including Germany and France.