AS avian flu continues to affect birds across the country – owners are asked to keep their birds inside to avoid further risk.

The outbreak was declared in November and more than 500,000 captive birds have had to be culled as a result.

Bird owners are still reminded to keep their birds indoors, keep wild birds and poultry separate, and must cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear and equipment.

Barnsley Council released the reminder. A spokesperson said: “If you keep birds, there are nationwide measures in place to help keep them safe.

“You must keep birds indoors to help reduce the spread of avian influenza, also known as bird flu.”

If you suspect any of your birds have contracted the disease, you must contact the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.