Garden Wildlife Health


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) that aims to monitor the health of, and identify disease threats to, British wildlife.

GWH aims to:

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

GWH is funded by the Animal Plant & Health Agency’s (APHA) Diseases of Wildlife Scheme which receives funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) through the Scanning Surveillance Programme. GWH also receives funding from Defra’s Strategic Evidence Fund, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.

GWH appeals to members of the public to report sightings of sick or dead garden birds, amphibians, reptiles or hedgehogs to the project via the website, telephone: +44 (0) 207 449 6685 or email