Help us spot Britain’s mammals
We’re calling for volunteers to take part in our Living with Mammals survey and to record the wild mammals they see. You can help by choosing a green space, such as a garden, allotment or park, and observing it each week between Monday 26th March and Sunday 24th June 2018.
Last year, volunteers in the South East and East of England regions returned the biggest number of surveys, while residents of Scotland and the North East, the fewest. So this year, we are particularly interested to hear from those living in Scotland or the north of England, especially as these areas are home to some of Britain’s rarest mammals, such as red squirrels and pine martens.
You can choose any green space to survey, within 200 metres of a building. It should be somewhere that’s safe and easy to visit for a short amount of time each week, recording sightings or field signs, such as droppings or footprints, of its mammal residents.
You can find more information about taking part here, together with a guide to spotting mammals and how to tell a pine marten from a polecat, if you’re lucky enough to see one!
Understanding how wildlife in our towns and cities is changing is essential in supporting our wild neighbours such as foxes, rabbits and hedgehogs.
We’ve always shared our green spaces with wildlife, so by counting the number of mammals each spring, we can tell where conservation efforts are needed most.
To take part in 2018’s Living with Mammals survey, contact us for a survey pack or register to take part online here.