Posted 16th Mar 2016
Householders have been urged to keep bird accessories clean in an attempt to save the greenfinch
Peckish, the leading birdcare brand, has called for householders to keep feeders and dining stations as clean as possible to help combat the decline in greenfinch populations.
The rise of Trichomonosis, a disease with no known health threat to humans and mammals, has led to a decline in numerous garden birds, especially the Greenfinch.
Commenting on it was Lorron Bright, nutritional technologist for Peckish, who said: "Trichomonas Gallinae, or Canker as it is more commonly known is deadly to birds. It is spread by birds feeding from feeders and bird tables. It causes disease at the back of the throat, which leads to birds starving to death as they are unable to feed."
Bright went on to say: “Greenfinch populations in particular have been affected badly. Since 2006, their numbers have dropped by more than 35 per cent, which is the largest scale mortality due to infectious disease since records began.
What is particularly distressing is that this disease is easily prevented. By cleaning and disinfecting feeders and dining stations regularly, householders can help manage the spread of this disease and protect the birds in their garden.”
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