Credit: Secret World Wildlife RescueZoonoses (or zoonotic diseases) are diseases that are transmitted (directly or via vectors like insects) between animals and humans. A recent study found that 75% of emerging diseases in humans, and 61% of all human pathogens, are zoonotic. Many of these are also anthropozoonoses, meaning humans can transmit them to animals.

The Garden Wildlife Health project is part of the Great Britain Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership (GBWDSP) which aims to identify diseases (including those that might be zoonotic) in British garden wildlife. We also report important findings about zoonotic diseases to Public Health England’s Human Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance group.

The zoonoses of garden wildlife are unlikely to cause serious illness in humans.

Some examples include:

Escherichia albertii infection in Garden Birds
Chlamydiosis in Garden Birds
Salmonellosis in Garden Birds
Salmonellosis in Hedgehogs
Ringworm in Hedgehogs

If you suspect you have a zoonotic disease, please contact your local healthcare provider immediately.

If you find sick or dead wild animals in your garden, please report them here.