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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:

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

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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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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WellVet reopens ticket sales to online conference platform

Following the success of its online conference, the organisers behind WellVet Weekend have re-opened ticket sales to allow new delegates to access session recordings and its online networking platform.

The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at until 30th August 2020.