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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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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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BEVA survey seeks views about antibiotic use in horses

Equine vets are being invited to participate in a BEVA survey that aims to find out more about antimicrobial resistance in equine veterinary practice.

Designed by researchers at the University of Liverpool and incoming BEVA president Tim Mair, the survey aims to fill gaps in knowledge about how antimicrobials are being used in equine practice and the landscape of resistant infections encountered in equine practice.

Researchers hope the results will lead to a greater understanding of the role of antimicrobial treatment and antimicrobial resistance in horses and protect antibiotics for the future of equine and human health.