Mammals on Roads
July sees the start of Mammals on Roads, our nationwide survey of mammal sightings along single-carriage roads. Add your sightings to help us find out crucial information about the status of our wildlife.
To date, over half a million kilometres of road have been surveyed through Mammals on Roads. Findings from your annual sightings have already alerted us to the drastic decline in hedgehogs and were the impetus for our hedgehog projects and surveys.
How does the survey work?
We want to know about your route and what you see along the way, dead and alive. You will need to complete the survey on a dedicated car journey rather than ad-hoc sightings.
We will give you a mammal guide and instructions, and you can take part just once, or multiple times to help us get a more accurate results.
Each car journey must be 20 miles or more in one day- perfect for those summer holiday getaways! You will be asked to look out for mammals on single carriageways only, for safety reasons, and outside of built-up areas. However you can stop and start your mammal spotting as you change road types. Read more FAQs.
Why not get the whole family involved in helping British mammals?
Take part now
The main survey period is in July, August and September each year, but sightings throughout the year are useful and help us to understand how wildlife is changing.
Please take part online or by downloading the free smartphone app from the App Store or Google Play (search for ‘Mammals on Roads’).
- Register and take part online here
- Or download the free Mammals on Roads app from the App Store or Google Play.
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Findings from previous years
Thank you to everyone has contributed to Mammals on Roads over the last 14 years, and we hope you can take part again this year.
Take a look at what we have found out and what this means for the conservation of British mammals in the links below.
- Mammals on Roads update 2015
- Mammals on Roads update 2014
- Mammals on Roads update 2013 (2001-2012 survey results) – looking back over 12 years of mammal records and the effect changes in traffic levels
- Mammals on Roads update 2012 (2001-2011 survey results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2011 (2001-2010 survey results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2010 (2001-2009 survey results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2009 (2001-2008 survey results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2008 (2001-2006 survey results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2006 (other project results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2005 (2001-2004 survey results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2004 (2001-2003 survey results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2003 (2001-2002 survey results)
- Mammals on Roads update 2002 (2001 survey results)