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Garden Wildlife Health

Main Project Information
Presented By Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
Goal To monitor the health & well-being of British garden wildlife.
Task Report sightings of sick/dead garden wildlife
Where United Kingdom

Garden Wildlife Health (GWH) is a collaborative project between the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Froglife and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) which aims to monitor the health of, and identify disease threats to, British wildlife.

Our particular focus is on garden birds, amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs. For this we count on the help of the public to submit reports of sick or dead wildlife and to submit samples for analysis.

Wildlife diseases can cause population declines and even local species extinctions. They are a welfare concern (especially if they are caused, or exacerbated, by human activities) and some wildlife diseases can impact public health. It is important, therefore, that we monitor trends in wildlife diseases to identify their impact, underlying causes and to identify new and emerging threats. Every report submitted by the public contributes to a national database of wildlife disease incidents. Every sample submitted is examined and then archived into one of the largest wildlife tissue banks in the world. These are invaluable resources that provide a solid grounding to study and safeguard the health of British wildlife. We also create reports that inform government and NGO policies on conservation management and we liaise with the relevant agencies when a possible domestic animal or human health threat from wildlife is identified.

Aims of GWH:

- To monitor trends and investigate emerging threats to garden wildlife health.
- To raise public awareness of disease threats to garden wildlife.
- To promote best practice for activities that involve garden wildlife to help safeguard their health.
- To communicate outcomes to the public, scientific communities and government agencies to prioritise
actions to enhance the environment and biodiversity, public and domestic animal health.
- To provide a database and wildlife tissue archive for collaborative research.

How to Join

To report sightings of sick/dead garden wildlife (amphibians, reptiles, hedgehogs, garden birds and birds of prey), please visit

The registration process takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Project Timing Reports can be made year-round.
Social Media
Special Skills No specific skills are required. All we ask is that members of the public report their sightings of sick/dead wildlife to our website,
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, At home, In snow or rain, At the beach, Exclusively online, On a walk, run, At school, At night, On a lunch break
Training Materials
Class Materials
Tags amphibians, animals, animal welfare, bird feeder, bird mortality, birds, birds; biosecurity, birds of conservation concern, birdwatching, conservation, conservation science, disease, disease research, disease surveillance, hedgehog, public health, reptiles, surveillance, welfare, wildlife, wildlife conservation, wildlife disease, wildlife friendly gardening, wildlife health, wildlife monitoring, wildlife sightings
Project Updated 08/16/2018