DRIVERS and others in Moray are being asked to make a record of roadkill, to help put the brakes on declining wild animal numbers.
The North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC) is appealing for help in Moray so it can complete a ‘Mammal Atlas’ for the area.
Around one million mammals are killed on UK roads each year, according to the NESBReC, which pointed out that an initiative launched this year called ‘Project Splatter’ found that badgers are the most recorded species of roadkill on UK roads.
They are followed by foxes, rabbits and hedgehogs. However, with hedgehog numbers falling to what the group describes as “dangerously low levels”, it says the need to record animal numbers is becoming even greater.
NESBReC manager Glenn Roberts said: “By sending in records of roadkill, as well as contributing to the Mammal Atlas, people can help to identify where there may be hotspots or issues with particular species.
“This information can then be used by local councils to implement mechanisms to reduce wildlife deaths.”
Anyone registering a recording is asked to say what species was seen, where it was seen, when it was seen, and who saw it.
Pictures can be sent to NESBReC, even if the person making the report does not know what the animal is. More information on the project is available at www.nesbrec.org.uk