Spring, Wildlife and Garden Birds

Spring, Wildlife and Garden Birds

Spring Wildlife Bird Disease Protection

Spring is almost upon us (we know it doesn’t feel like it) and with it, a rush of life as the countryside wakes up for the warmer months. The Surrey Wildlife Trust is offering a unique insight into how they protect and monitor the life on their properties via twitter. 
 
Four of their rangers now tweet their tasks – from the mundane to the exciting – in order to give the public a better understanding of the work that goes in to protecting natural areas. Recent posts have included the first adder sighting of 2014, the difference between toad and frog spawn and a common redpoll recorded during a bird ringing, which usually only visits those on the east coast. It’s really interesting to see the massive range of tasks they accomplish and they are happy to answer any questions you tweet.  
 
On a more serious note, if you are planning on feeding birds in your garden this year, please remember to disinfect feeders and baths regularly to prevent the spread of disease as it is almost impossible to treat wild birds. Trichomonas, Avian Pox and Salmonella can all decimate a flock very quickly. Use a safe disinfectant like CitroSan or Ark-Klens weekly to prevent buildup of bacteria that can lead to disease. If there is an outbreak, stop putting out food and empty bird baths to encourage the flock to look elsewhere – you can return to normal when dead birds stop appearing in your garden. For more information on bird disease and prevention head onto our website and look in the information tabs.
 
To see what the Trust is up to, follow @SurreyWT on Twitter and while you’re there, why not pop on to @Vetark and follow us as well?