Help na­tional wildlife sur­vey

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Bri­tain’s big­gest pub­lic-led in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the health of na­tive wildlife is un­der way. The na­tional Gar­den Wildlife Health project is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Zoo­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Lon­don (ZSL), the Bri­tish Trust for Or­nithol­ogy (BTO), Froglife and the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds (RSPB) that will rely on data pro­vided from gar­den own­ers across the na­tion. It will mon­i­tor the well­be­ing of species com­monly found in Bri­tain, in­clud­ing am­phib­ians, rep­tiles, gar­den birds and hedge­hogs, with the pub­lic asked to re­port signs of disease online at gar­den­wildlife­health. org. The in­for­ma­tion will help as­sess where and when wildlife dis­eases are oc­cur­ring and the im­pact they have on an­i­mal pop­u­la­tions to help safe­guard against fu­ture de­clines. Tim Hop­kins, Gar­den Wildlife Health project co-or­di­na­tor said: “We’re al­ready see­ing a steep de­cline in a num­ber of iconic Bri­tish an­i­mals, in­clud­ing the hedge­hog, and we need to know whether disease is play­ing a role. “This new na­tional project re­lies on the help and sup­port from the Bri­tish pub­lic, and we urge peo­ple to get in con­tact with us to tell us what they’re see­ing in their gar­den; it re­ally will make a dif­fer­ence.”

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