Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts

Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts
 

Scientists are warning of the risks of wild birds spreading diseases when they gather at feeders in gardens.
Experts led by Zoological Society of London say people should continue to feed birds, especially in winter, but should be aware of the risks.
If birds look sick, food should be withdrawn temporarily, they say.
The review of 25 years' worth of data identified emerging threats to garden birds. Finches, doves and pigeons are vulnerable to a parasite infection.
Meanwhile, a form of bird pox is becoming more common, causing warty-like lumps on the bodies of great tits and other birds.... read more

 
12 March 2018 in World News, Views: 182
Source: BBC
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