Wednesday 06 April, 2016

Living with Mammals – take part in our survey

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Each spring we need your help to find out how our wild animals use the urban environment and the green spaces within it. Keeping track of the wildlife that lives around us is important for their well-being and ours.

The Living with Mammals survey is easy to take part in. All you need to do is select a local green space that you can visit regularly – in at least 8 weeks from now until the end of June. This could be your garden or allotment, a local park or a playing field. You don’t need to spend hours watching your site either – a few minutes two to three times a week or more often if you can.

When you visit your site we’d like to know about the species you see – from grey squirrels, foxes and molehills to hedgehogs and otters or even if you see nothing at all. Dawn and dusk are the best times to spot mammals, though wildlife cameras overnight can be useful if you have them. We’re also interested in field signs you might spot too – nibbled food remains, droppings or tracks, for example.

The survey runs through April, May and June, although it isn’t necessary to take part each week. A guide to spotting wild mammals is available to download or as a printed booklet if you need some help.

For more information and to register to take part, visit our Living with Mammals page here.

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