Over the past 18 months a total of 57 badgers killed on the roads were collected by the Derbyshire Badger Groups (1). The dead badgers were collected from across the county. These badgers were then analysed for the presence of bovine TB by Professor Malcolm Bennet at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham University. Only one badger was found to be infected.
These results come at a time when the Government seems determined to press ahead with further badger culls across England. Applications to shoot badgers in Derbyshire are now open for consultation.