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Badgers top the mammal roadkill list
So far this year scientists have received more than 5,500 reports of roadkill from members of the public.
Project sheds light on most at-risk animals

Badgers are the most commonly reported victim of roadkill, with more than 900 killed so far this year, new figures show.

Nearly twice as many badgers were reported killed, compared to foxes and hedgehogs, which were next on the list.

The mammal roadkill list was compiled by Project Splatter, a citizen science project led by Cardiff University. So far this year the project has received more than 5,500 reports of roadkill from members of the public.

More unusual reports were a beaver on the A9 and a wallaby near Oxford, both of which were seen in April.

Figures show the top three birds and mammals killed so far this year were:

Birds:
1. Pheasant - 1347
2. Woodpigeon - 156
3. Blackbird - 93

Mammals:
1. Badger - 905
2. Fox - 475
3. Hedgehog - 453

Members of the public can visit the project’s website to find out how to get involved with reporting roadkill.

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.