A mention on BBC R4 based on this study
There are some stalkers in Cotswold area, does anyone have detailed info of this?
A Defra study into bovine TB The studies took place in 2006-7 and published in 2008 in two locations. Three estates in Gloucestershire: West Cirencester, Chedworth and Barnsley Wold.
and all the areas of the public forest estate in the South-West Peninsula District (Somerset, Devon and Cornwall).
The results indicate that in the SW, results from the public forest estate,
suggest bTB is present at a very low level (less than 1%, except in one
area where it is present at 3.8%);
With a mean prevalence of 9.4% and a maximum of 26.2% (11 out of 42 shot and the gralloch inspected by scientists) on one of the Cotswold estates (Chedworth), fallow deer were by far the most commonly affected
The CSL model identified fallow deer as the species with the highest
potential for transmission to cattle.
On their own, these data cannot predict the role that deer may play in the
current epidemic of bTB in cattle; however, it does provide essential,
previously missing data for use in ecological disease models for this purpose.
39. From this work, it appears that:
1. Higher levels of infection are present on two of the three estates in the
2. Low levels of infection are present generally on the public forest estate in the
3. Fallow deer are the most likely to be infected with M. bovis.
4. When a deer is found with lesions typical of M. bovis infection, it is highly
likely that that deer is infected; however, the opposite cannot be said for deer
with no lesions apparent. i.e. a deer with no lesions cannot be assumed to be
free of the disease.