All about the Living with Mammals survey
Can you mammal spot this autumn to help understand and protect our wild neighbours?
Why count urban mammals?
Towns and cities are home to a surprising number of wild mammals: from pygmy shrews and pipistrelle bats, the weight of a twenty-pence coin, to heavyweights, such as badgers and deer.
Green spaces, and the wildlife they support, are important: they provide food, clean air and water, and make us healthier and happier. They protect our homes from flooding, and trees reduce the effects of pollution and heat waves. Counting our wild neighbours, and knowing how numbers are changing, tells us about the health of these green spaces.
Whether in a garden, allotment, a local park or churchyard, telling us what you see builds a bigger picture of the wildlife on our doorstep. It can tell us when a species is in trouble. Without the help of thousands of wildlife watchers, we wouldn’t have known hedgehog numbers had fallen by a third in urban areas in less than 20 years and acted to help them. Read more about what we have found out in past surveys.
How do I take part?
We’re running our Living with Mammals 2020 survey for a second time this year for the first time ever. Living with Mammals Autumn will run from Monday 31st August – Sunday 29th November.
To take part this autumn all you have to do is record the mammals that you see each week and any signs they might leave behind, such as droppings or footprints.
You can chose any green space to survey, whether a garden, an allotment, a local park or other area that’s convenient to spend a little time at each week, but the site must be within 200 metres of a building.
We’d love as many people to take part as possible whenever they are able to in this period, and every record counts! And don’t forget to share your sightings on our social media pages using #LivingWithMammals.
In the current circumstances we aren’t asking people to go out and survey public areas, but to survey in gardens and other private land. You can find the latest Government advice regarding essential travel here. If you are concerned about whether to take part in surveys during the COVID-19 outbreak, please check the current government guidelines to help you decide if it is appropriate and safe for you to do so. Thank you.
We regret that we are not able to send out paper packs in the post at present.
Just email our survey co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org with your queries or call us on 020 7498 4533.