CONCERNS have been raised about badger welfare on the Island following a number of deaths.
An RSPCA-led investigation, supported by police animal welfare officers, has been launched following the discovery of three dead badgers near a development site in Totland.
Tests are being carried out on one of the bodies to try to discover the cause of death.
In Shorwell, the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs is understood to be writing to a landowner over fears poison may have been left on land close to badger setts.
Several dead rats have been found in the area, which indicates poison may have been used, although there is no evidence of a crime, according to police.
There have been further concerns raised following the deaths of six badgers in the Newport area.
Joan Tisdale, of Badger Trust Isle of Wight, said they feared badgers may have been disturbed during recent developments in the town, including at Pan Meadows and the former Dairy Crest site.
Isle of Wight Council ecology officer Colin Pope said the developers had employed consultants, who were monitoring the developments to ensure they met their legal and environmental concerns.