All posts tagged: mammal

Marking three decades of dormouse conservation

UK conservation charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species marks the 30th anniversary of its National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP) this year – the longest-running small land mammal survey in the world. Established in 1990 to monitor how the UK’s hazel dormouse populations are faring, results for the 2019 report revealed that, although some populations are thriving, […]

Red List for British mammals most at risk

Red Squirrel by Austin Thomas The first official Red List for British Mammals has been created highlighting the national species at risk of extinction if urgent action is not taken. Produced by the Mammal Society for Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage, the Red List shows that of the 47 mammals native […]

Plans to restore native wildcats gathers pace

The Wildwood Trust has formed a partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) with the aim of reintroducing native wildcats to Britain. The European wildcat disappeared from England and Wales a century ago – they were considered vermin – and the species is now one of the rarest and most endangered […]

London’s hedgehog hotspots revealed

A recent survey conducted by scientists from ZSL (Zoological Society of London)’s London HogWatch programme and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has revealed a mixed picture for native hedgehogs across the capital. The research, carried out over a two-week period in 2019, involved placing hundreds of cameras in several green spaces across London, from […]

Beavers given legal protection in Scotland

This week the Scottish Government made the landmark decision to introduce legal protection for beavers in Scotland from May 1st. The beaver will now join species such as otters, bats and bottlenose dolphins as a European Protected Species in Scotland. The announcement has been welcomed by the two lead partners in the Scottish Beaver Trial […]

First Thames seal pup survey conducted

The first ever survey of seal pups in the Thames Estuary has been carried out by marine biologists. Positive findings will now be used to provide evidence of the estuary’s ecological importance. The inaugural harbour seal breeding survey was conducted via sea, land and air over a four day period (1-4 July), led by international conservation […]

Go batty for bats in your back garden

The Wildlife Trusts is encouraging us to get closer to bats and understand more about these fascinating little mammals.  They suggest many ways to help them thrive, including going batty in your back garden. There are lots of little things that we can do that have a big impact on bats, from planting night-scented flowers […]

First survey of British hedgehog houses taken

Hedgehog Street launched the first ever national Hedgehog Housing Census this week, a nationwide campaign set up by wildlife charities the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species. The aim of the survey is to combat the ongoing fall in native hedgehog population numbers, which have declined by up to a third […]

Bat conservation week at West Midland

West Midland Safari Park have been busy hosting a dedicated conservation week to raise awareness and funds for bats. Protect Bats Week, in association with the Bat Conservation Trust, runs until Sunday 14th May and aims to inform guests about the amazing world of bats, and what species can be found in the U.K. A variety […]

Hedgehog Awareness Day in Stratford-upon-Avon

The team at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, are hosting a Hedgehog awareness day this Saturday 6th of May, marking the end of National Hedgehog Awareness Week. Family-friendly activities will be on offer throughout the day, including interactive talks explaining how you can help hedgehogs live happy and healthy lives in your garden. Crafty […]

Paignton Zoo welcome pygmy slow loris twins

Twin pygmy slow loris, born at Paignton Zoo, Devon in February, have become much easier for visitors to spot this month as they venture out and about with parents and experienced breeding pair Charlie and Edna. Weighing in at just 25/30 grams when born, the tiny youngsters join a larger than average collection of pygmy slow loris […]