Extension: Berks and Hants road-kill badgers still needed for TB study

DEFRA-funded project surveying for bovine TB in badger carcasses extended to 31st October 2017 for two counties only.

Can you help to collect/report fresh badger carcasses spotted in Berkshire or Hampshire?

Extra samples are still needed from these counties to reach the required minimum sample size of 100.

The University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham and Liverpool, is continuing a survey of badger carcases for evidence of tuberculosis. This survey using traffic-accident carcasses collected in key counties aims to determine whether or not badgers in England "edge areas" have TB and, if so, how common this is. "Edge areas" are the 11 English counties that lie on the border of the cattle TB epidemic. 

The collected carcasses will also be examined to study a range of other diseases and conditions, and to develop new diagnostic tests, although these studies are not part of the main Defra-funded survey.

The project team are very appreciative of all the support given so far. This link shows an update on specimens collected from Berkshire and Hampshire as of late June 2017. The project now have their quota of badger specimen samples from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and East Sussex.

Please note:

  • The study group can only accept fresh carcasses collected using the approved collection kit and protocol.
  • Kits are available from the collection sites and the University of Surrey.
  • All carcases must be accompanied by a completed, signed, submission form and delivered to one of the designated collection sites.
  • £10.00 is paid towards expenses per suitably collected specimen.
  • Collection depots include Newbury and Winchester.

See the project website below for full details.

To find out more or for extra collection kits:

See the University of Surrey Veterinary Pathology Centre web page about this survey.

Email: badgerTB@surrey.ac.uk

Telephone: 01483 689823

Posted: August 2, 2017