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The ways in which diseases spread amongst badgers have been the subject of several joint studies between FERA and the University.

Working with FERA

The University of Exeter has formed a wildlife research cooperative with the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), responding to our joint research programme with the National Wildlife Management Centre.

The cooperative supports collaborative science, develops and exchanges skills and trains staff and students. To date it has supported 28 studentships.

Its interests relate to the ecology and management of wildlife and the natural environment. Specific interests and expertise include:

  • Ecology and management of invasive species and wildlife diseases, particularly tuberculosis and rabies.
  • Bird management and migration, including bird-strike risk management.
  • Social networks in wild animals and their consequences for management.
  • Conflicts involving wildlife.
  • Evolutionary and molecular genetics of wildlife.

The cooperative builds on former collaborations, which were formalised by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2010.

Research projects

The cooperative investigates a number of areas in wildlife management.

Projects topics have included:

  • How infections spread in badger communities.
  • Human-wildlife conflict.
  • Assessing biodiversity of ecosystem functions.