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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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AWF Student Grant open for submissions

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 Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk.  

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SPANA film highlights plight of working animals overseas

Animal welfare charity SPANA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has teamed up with Brian Blessed and other famous voices to highlight the plight of working animals overseas.

In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."