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Mammal fact files

Click on the animal names below the pictures to learn more about the mammals that live in the United Kingdom.

  • Whales and dolphins

    These marine mammals breathe air and are adapted to life in the water.

  • Seals

    This group of mammals is suited to living in the water and on land.

  • Marsupials

    Meaning 'pouched-one' only one type is found in the UK.

  • Rabbits and hares

    These mammals are herbivores (plant eaters). There are three types in the UK.

  • Hedgehog by water by Oliver Wilks

    Shrews, moles and hedgehogs

    Small, mostly nocturnal mammals that feed mainly on insects and are known as insectivores.

  • Carnivores

    Predators with teeth adapted to eat meat. Nine species live in the UK and another three are now extinct.

  • Deer and wild boar

    These large plant eating mammals walk on two-hoofed toes.

  • Bats

    18 species make up a third of all wild mammals in Britain. Bats are our the only truly flying mammals.

  • Rodents

    Mammals with special gnawing front teeth, of which there are 15 species in Britain.

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