112 people signed up to watch the Wildlife Garden Health project celebrate its 10 year anniversary with four online presentations. Dr. Andrew Smart, Froglife Conservation & Science Manager spoke about how Froglife engages with Citizen Scientists who report diseased or dead reptiles and amphibians and how that data can be used.
Froglife has a long history of involvement in this area being involved in setting up the Frog Mortality Project which ran from the early 1990’s to 2013 when the Froglife and the Zoological Society of London project joined up with the RSPB and BTO to form the Garden Wildlife Health project.
With new diseases and risks to reptile and amphibian health, such as Perkinsea and Snake Fungal Disease appearing in the UK in recent years, Andrew stressed the importance of the amphibian and retile disease data and how valuable records are. Anyone with a record of a diseased or dead reptile or amphibian or any records of multiple mortality during this year’s spawning events should contact Garden Wildlife Health. The presentation will be uploaded to the ZSL YouTube channel in the future.
It’s also important to send us in records of healthy reptiles and amphibians that you find. By downloading the Dragon Finder App you can send us a picture of what you have found and add valuable information to the National Biodiversity Database which our Dragon Finder data is shared with. You can also use the online map (at the bottom of the Dragon Finder App web page- image below) to look at recent records in your area to see what to look out for, to visit areas with no records to see what you can find or, if you live in areas with no records, send us pictures of the reptiles and amphibians in your gardens or local green spaces.