Collecting roadkill

Wildlife roadkill is used by scientists for a range of uses, from monitoring contaminants to dietary analysis. If it is safe to stop our collaborators below are interested in the carcasses of the following animals:


The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) quantifies the concentrations of chemical contaminants of concern in the tissues of predatory and fish-eating birds in Britain to help determine the risk these pollutants may pose to individual birds and on their populations.

How can you help? The scheme relies on members of the public to send us birds of prey that have died of natural causes or due to accidents, such as being hit by a vehicle – we will provide you with packaging and pay for postage.

If you find a dead bird of prey please telephone us on: 01524 595830 or navigate to the PBMS website at: for more information.


Cardiff University Otter Project relies on reports of carcasses by members of the public and organisations such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, UK Wildlife Trusts, the police and local authorities.

Found a dead otter in England? Please telephone 03708 506506 (Environment Agency)
Found a dead otter in Wales? Please telephone 0800 807060 (Natural Resources Wales)
Found a dead otter in Scotland? Please telephone 01471 822487 (International Otter Survival Fund)

When calling the EA or NRW, please ask for your nearest conservation / biodiversity officer.

You will be asked for the location of the otter and some other basic information. Coordinating organisations will complete a recording form for all dead otters, please be ready with key information including the exact location and date when the otter was found (see our completed example form with the most essential information about the casualty highlighted in yellow).

If you would like to contact Cardiff University Otter Project directly, please call 02920 874046 or email Heather or Rob.


Please check WILDCOMS for information on the latest schemes collecting dead wildlife for research and monitoring


One thought on “Collecting roadkill

  1. I am a member of a Roadkill Prevention group in Australia and we are very interested in your website. Thanks for the stats, we are trying to collect stats from across Australia and its pretty hard to do.
    Our website is
    Eira Wildlife Roadkill Prevention Assn

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