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The University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham and Liverpool, is undertaking a survey of badger carcases, for evidence of tuberculosis.
A badger in the countryside

STOP PRESS!:

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We have now reached (and exceeded) our target in East Sussex and Oxfordshire so are no longer accepting submissions from these counties. A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to collecting in these areas.

Defra have confirmed an extension to both the Berkshire & Hampshire contract, enabling us to continue collections until the end of Oct 2017 - many thanks for your continued support in these counties.

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This is a collaborative survey, using road-killed/traffic-accident carcases, collected by approved groups including animal health professionals, farmers, landowners and wildlife groups.

The study aims to determine whether or not badgers in England's '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. This work is being funded by Defra.

The University of Surrey is collecting carcases from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

Fresh carcases must be collected using an approved kit and taken to one of our designated collection sites. We will also be examining carcases collected to study a range of other diseases and conditions, and to develop new diagnostic tests, although these studies are not part of the Defra-funded survey.

Notes:

  1. We can only accept carcases from the stakeholder groups listed above, not the general public.
  2. Anyone wishing to collect a carcase who is not a member of one of the stakeholder groups must be pre-approved by the University of Surrey.
  3. The University of Surrey-based team can only accept carcases from: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.
  4. We can only accept carcases collected using the approved collection kit and according to an approved protocol. Kits are available from the collection sites and the University of Surrey.
  5. All carcases must be accompanied by a completed, signed submission form and delivered to one of the designated collection sites.
  6. We are legally obliged to report the details of any carcases showing evidence of illegal killing to the relevant authorities.
  7. Carcases may be delivered to the following designated collection sites:
  • Hampshire Cultural Trust, Chilcomb House, Chilcomb Lane, Winchester, SO23 8RB
  • Bucks, Berks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, The Lodge, 1 Armstrong Road, Littlemore, OX4 4XT
  • Endell Veterinary Group, 49 Endless Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UH Tel: 01722 333291
  • Hook Norton Veterinary Group, White Hills Surgery, Sibford Road, Hook OX15 5DG Tel: 01608 730085
  • Major Farm Services, Blackstone Farm, Bicester Road, Bicester, OX25 1HX Tel. 01869 246593
  • Norcal Veterinary Services, Peaces Yard, Aylesbury Road, Thame, OX9 3AS Tel: 01844 260616 
  • J Passey & Son, 97 Turnpike Road, Newbury, RG14 2QR Tel. 01635 40327
  • Harry Hawkins, Henfield Road, Cowfold, Horsham, RH13 8DU Tel. 01403 864361
  • J H Watson & Sons, Jervis Court Farm, Swanmore, Southampton, SO32 2QP Tel. 01489 892521
  • Charles Diplock, Bishops Lane, Ringmer, Lewes, BN8 5TJ Tel. 01273 812313
  • Larkmead Vets, Ilges Lane, Cholsey, OX10 9PA Tel. 01491 651479
  • Westpoint- Leighton Buzzard, Unit 7b, Sparrow Hall Farm, Edlesborough, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2ES Tel. 01296 410021

8. To help defray the cost of transporting a carcase, a payment of £10 will be made on delivery to a designated collection site.

Who should I contact?

If you are in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire or Oxfordshire:

University of Surrey Veterinary Pathology Centre
Email: vetpath@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 689823