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Wildlife disease surveillance

If you have found a mass mortality of wildlife (2 or more dead animals together), nervous disease in wildlife or unusual deaths in wildlife, please contact the WEG veterinary lead or your nearest Veterinary Investigation Centre.

Please note: if you suspect a notifiable disease you must contact APHA immediately.

APHA Diseases of Wildlife Scheme (APHA DoWS)

The APHA DoWS has delivered national surveillance for wildlife disease in England and Wales to government since 1998.

The Scheme examines vertebrate wild species for all disease and mortality investigations, including infectious and non-infectious disease. In 2009, surveillance for vertebrate (apart from cetaceans) wildlife disease in GB became the responsibility of the Great Britain Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership, under the Chair of the APHA DoWS.

The GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership involves:

Wildlife Expert Group (WEG) veterinary lead

WEG veterinary lead - Paul DuffThe WEG veterinary lead is Paul Duff (0208 0262215)

Paul Duff has been the WEG veterinary lead since 1998 and Chair of the Great Britain Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership since 2009.

He leads the Defra-funded wildlife disease scanning surveillance project in APHA, and is a former Chairperson of the European Wildlife Disease Association, former Council member of the Wildlife Disease Association and APHA representative for wildlife disease related matters in the HAIRS (Human Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance) Group.

WEG surveillance reports

WEG contributes interesting and unusual wildlife cases, highlights wildlife disease alerts or findings and provides focus articles relating to wildlife for the APHA Veterinary Record monthly disease surveillance report. These are compiled together with contributions from other Species Expert Groups.

Quarterly GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance and Emerging Threats reports are compiled by WEG. They summarise investigations into threats and other surveillance issues to inform government and wildlife stakeholders of new or emerging threats to wildlife health.

Recent Interesting Cases

GB wildlife disease quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – April to June 2021

  • Mortality in Sandwich terms and Mediterranean gulls
  • 2020 summary of partner wildlife disease data

Disease Information

Information notes and alerts on specific diseases or conditions: