Guidance for organisers of bird gatherings

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for organisers of bird gatherings, including those for commercial purposes.

Bird gatherings are occasions at which birds are brought together (from different locations) for any purpose, and afterwards dispersed to more than one location. This includes:

  • fairs
  • markets
  • shows
  • sales or exhibitions
  • races or meetings (for example, of pigeons)
  • traders who gather birds from different sources to be sold online

Birds that are gathered together from different sources (such as internet sales), but remain in one location for at least 13 days after the arrival of the last bird, would not be considered a gathering.

The guidance includes information on general licence requirements and notifiable diseases, as well as links to additional guidance and resources.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Organisers of bird gatherings for commercial, recreational or sporting purposes.

How long does this take?

It will take less than 5 minutes to read the main guidance. The time required to read additional resources will vary.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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