Wildlife disease and biodiversity - what is the impact?

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Wildlife disease and biodiversity - what is the impact?

Evening Meeting

18:00 Thursday 18th September 2014

Jill Pakenham

Whilst factors such as habitat loss and resource availability have long been considered important drivers of wildlife population declines, it is only in recent decades that the contribution from infectious and non-infectious disease has been recognised. There are now multiple international examples of emerging diseases that have had a significant adverse impact on wildlife populations, influencing regional biodiversity and, on occasion, becoming important conservation issues.

Becki Lawson from The Zoological Society of London is part of a team that investigates the health of native wildlife species including marine and terrestrial mammals along with birds, amphibians and reptiles. In this presentation, Becki will discuss two recent emerging infectious diseases of British garden birds that have prompted public concern and generated media interest; finch trichomonosis and Paridae pox, and describe how veterinarians, ornithologists and other scientists have worked with the general public to determine their impact. What action can be taken to mitigate these conditions will also be considered.

Image (c) Jill Pakenham / BTO

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea and coffee will be served in the Library from 17:30 and a wine reception will follow.

PLEASE NOTE: THE SOCIETY'S ANNUAL BOOKSALE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE COUNCIL ROOM AFTER THIS MEETING

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