A Sussex wildlife organisation is urging people to clean their bird tables and feeders after a spate of garden birds being admitted suffering from coccidia which can easily be spread by unhygienic bird tables.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service says people who love wild birds may not realise the harm their bird feeders and tables could be causing. 'Many people enjoy watching garden birds visiting to take food from bird feeders and off tables but how often are they cleaned' In a restaurant you wouldn't reuse a plate time and time without washing it. You wouldn't put cat or dog food down in a dirty bowl with out cleaning it first too. The same goes for bird tables and feeders. Every time you fill one up you should clean it out first and at least once a week you should disinfect the feeder and table' said Trevor Weeks founder of East Sussex WRAS.