Press release: Record roadkill sightings this August and autumn

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The annual Mammals on Roads survey underpins wildlife conservation, and can be done on a smartphone

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling for volunteers to record any sightings of roadkill via a free app, in a bid to aid wildlife conservation.

From late August onwards, families, friends or colleagues travelling by road across England, Scotland and Wales can take part by simply downloading PTES’ free Mammals on Roads app ahead of their journey, and recording any roadkill spotted from their car, coach or campervan.

No prior experience is needed and anyone can join in. The app has colourful illustrations and audio information about which species you might see, and whether it’s a hedgehog, fox or badger, counting mammal road casualties can tell conservationists about numbers in the wider landscape. To take part, search for Mammals on Roads on the App Store or Google Play.

Hedgehogs are one of the many mammal species volunteers are asked to look out for and record via PTES’ Mammals on Roads app. Credit Ricky Wood. [High-res version, and others, are available]

David Wembridge, Mammal Surveys Coordinator at People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) says: “Although roadkill isn’t nice to see, it can be a useful indication of where mammals are living, and where they aren’t. Contrary to what you’d think, a lot of roadkill in an area can be a sign that there are lots of animals nearby. But, to build a national picture of how our different mammal species are faring, and to understand which species are most at risk and need our help, we need more people to take part.”

Britain is home to around 55 native and naturalised (introduced species that have become an integrated part of our wild landscape) terrestrial mammal species. Most volunteers taking part in Mammals on Roads are likely to see the more common or recognisable species, such as rabbits, hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, and various deer species. Species like pine martens, weasels and wild boar are less-often seen, but still live in Britain’s woodlands, grasslands and wider countryside. All species, whether common or elusive, are important to record if spotted.

To take part, search for Mammals on Roads on the App Store or Google Play. And, if you’re on social media, help PTES to spread the word by using #MammalsOnRoads.

To find out more about PTES’ wider conservation work, visit

Header image credit BMJ, Shutterstock

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Notes to Editors

Available for interview

  • David Wembridge, Mammal Surveys Coordinator, People’s Trust for Endangered Species
  • Jill Nelson, CEO, People’s Trust for Endangered Species

About PTES

  • PTES, a UK conservation charity created in 1977, is ensuring a future for endangered species throughout the world. We protect some of our most threatened wildlife species and habitats, and provide practical conservation support through research, grant-aid, educational programmes, wildlife surveys, publications and public events.
  • PTES’ current priority species and habitats include hazel dormice, hedgehogs, water voles, noble chafers, stag beetles, traditional orchards, native woodlands, wood pasture and parkland and hedgerows.
  • PTES has Species Champions for two of its priority species: for hedgehogs The Rt Hon Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom & Ewell and for water voles The Rt Hon Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central and Chair of the Brexit Select Committee.
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