Garden Wildlife

Garden Wildlife Health

The Garden Wildlife Health (GWH) website has been officially launched by the Institute of Zoology. Read the launch press release and question and answer sheet.

The Garden Wildlife Health (GWH) project began in summer 2013. Following the success of the Garden Bird Health initiative, this project has now been expanded to monitor the health of amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs in British gardens, as well as continuing to investigate causes of garden bird disease. Funding for the GWH has been secured from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Defra. Between 2014 and 2016  UFAW is helping to fund the development of website tools to better collect and analyse data from this project.

To help us learn more about Garden Wildlife Health, please report observations of sick or dead garden birds, amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs to us online at

Alternatively, if you do not have access to the internet or need further information, call the GWH vets on Tel: 0207 449 6685 (Institute of Zoology; Monday – Friday 09.00 -17.00 hrs).

Members of the public who are concerned about a sick or injured wild animal in their garden should contact their local veterinary surgeon,  the RSPCA (24-hour tel. line: 0300 1234 999) or Scottish SPCA (24-hour tel. line: 03000 999 999) for advice.

Further information on Garden Wildlife Health, including disease factsheets and information on Best Practice, is available at

Newly discovered fungal disease of newts and salamanders

The GWH have produced a leaflet alerting people of the occurrence of a new amphibian disease, which has recently been found in Britain (captive animals only – so far) and how to minimise the risks of this and other diseases spreading amongst captive collections and from captive to wild animals. The leaflet is primarily aimed at herpetologists, the amphibian pet trade and the general public. The PDF is available on the Garden Wildlife Health website at:

The Garden Bird Health Initiative

GBHi logoEstablished as a UFAW Working Group in 2003, the GBHi operated from 2005-2012 and set out to:                      

  • Undertake a major garden bird health surveillance and research project.
  • Develop and publish guidelines about how to best feed garden birds in order to maximize the benefits for their welfare and conservation;

The GBHi was coordinated by the Institute of Zoology, in partnership with the Scottish Agricultural College, Liverpool University, the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, the British Trust for Ornithology, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and UFAW, in collaboration with multiple other organisations.

Wild bird care in the garden - A scientific look at large scale, do-it-yourself, wildlife management

This UFAW International Animal Welfare Symsposium was held at the Zoological Society of London, London, UK, on 4th May 2010.

Press Releases

The GBHi was generously sponsored by:

  • Birdcare Standards Association
  • British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation
  • British Trust for Ornithology
  • CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd
  • Cranswick Pet Products
  • Defra
  • Gardman Ltd
  • RCVS Trust
  • RSPB
  • Tom Chambers Ltd
  • The John and Pamela Salter Trust
  • UFAW