At the end of 2012 there were 34.5 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain (DVLA). The number of animals killed on the roads in the United States is estimated at a million per day. About 350,000 to 27 million birds are estimated to be killed on European roads each year. In the UK we currently do not know what the impact of roads are on our wildlife. We aim to estimate that impact.
What is Project Splatter?
Project Splatter is a research effort to quantify and map wildlife roadkill across the UK
What are Project Splatter’s aims?
1. Collate data on UK wildlife roadkill reported by the public using social media
2. Estimate the impact of roads on UK wildlife
3. Determine which species are most observed as roadkill
4. Raise awareness of this conservation issue
5. Ultimately reduce the impact of roads on our UK wildlife
How does Project Splatter work?
Project splatter collates data member of the public send to us on the location of UK wildlife roadkill – birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. This research is run by members of the public – termed citizen scientists. Members of the public see wildlife roadkill and report to use where, when and what, giving as accurate a location as possible.
At Cardiff University we turn your sighting into a grid reference and then use GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to map where the roadkill is across the UK, which we then report back to our citizen scientists on Twitter and Facebook and on the Maps page on this site.