Disease and garden wildlife
Bird feed can attract unusually high numbers of birds to a confined area, which enables disease to spread easily, and can affect other wildlife. Find out more about the most common diseases and what you can do to help.
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Avian influenza updates
There are numerous strains of the bird flu virus, and most pose no significant problems for bird or humans.
Deformities have been recorded in a wide range of birds. They can be caused by injury, genetic defect and disease.
Bird diseases in garden birds
The best thing people can do is prevent healthy birds from catching infections, helping to slow the spread of disease.
Monitor disease in garden wildlife
The RSPB has monitored incidence of disease in garden birds since 2001.