Farmers and landowners in the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and East Sussex area are asked to help in a new study.
In collaboration with the University of Nottingham, APHA, is currently conducting a research project to detect the presence and location of TB infection in badgers in Southern Edge Area (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and East Sussex).
The project started on the 6 April 2021 and will continue for a year. Volunteers can help locate and collect badger carcasses which are then collected by a specialist courier and taken to the University of Nottingham. The carcasses will then be tested and if the collector would like to be notified, they could also receive the TB test result.
The carcasses are not frozen, and APHA offer a contribution of £25 towards any personal expenses associated with collection of badger carcasses for the study.
From April-August, 107 carcasses have been submitted and APHA has surpassed its target for these months. The agency would like to pass on its thanks for the continued support for the study.
Out of the 107 carcasses, 87 were suitable for post-mortem examination and the first TB test results are now confirmed, with collectors being informed.
However, there are still low numbers of carcasses from the following areas: Northwest Hampshire, Berkshire and the west border of Oxfordshire. If you can help in these areas or across any part of the southern edge area, then please find out how you can get involved below.
How you can help
Anyone can volunteer to take part, if you would like to request a collection kit please contact APHA (e-mail: c291dGhlcm5lZGdlcnRhQGFwaGEuZ292LnVr, telephone: 07798 882392). Collection kits will also be available at your local NFU office.
Download APHA's Survey for tuberculosis (TB) in found dead badgers leaflet for more information or visit TBhub – Survey for tuberculosis (TB) in found dead badgers in the Southern Edge Area – Bovine TB.