Help needed to monitor Garden Wildlife Health-Citizen Science project

January 16, 2014

in Amphibians, Birds, Gardening For Wildlife, Hedgehogs, Mammals

Monitoring the health of British garden wildlife 

Sadly it appears we know more about wildlife diseases in other countries than we do about our own garden wildlife pests and diseases! Watch this video. Get involved by monitoring the amphibians, hedgehogs, birds, plus get useful hints and tips from Garden Wildlife Health (GWH), a collaborative project between the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), theBritish Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Froglife and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), that aims to monitor the health of, and identify disease threats to, British wildlife.

Citizen science, basically getting members of the public to observe and monitor wildlife, was instrumental in researchers discovering why greenfinch numbers were crashing due to a new disease trichomonosis or fat finch disease. This is a very worthwhile project to get involved with and should prove very interesting for participants.

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rob holliday January 31, 2014 at 7:28 pm

the forge,todhills,carlisle ca6 4hb.
positive identification of new zealand flatworm recently. should i be doing anything about it?

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nurturingnature January 31, 2014 at 10:23 pm

When they were first discovered there was a panic from the authorities , but now due to many reasons the authorities don’t really take as much notice. Perhaps contact your wildlife trust, see what they say, and try to eradicate it and any cocoons you find. An internet search will ID them for you. Cheers George

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