Discover how to identify mammal species through both direct sightings and field signs on our MaWSE species pages. These pages were originally designed to aid in identifying sightings for our Mammals of the South East (MaWSE) project. Photos, descriptions, sounds and annotated images of easily confused species will help you to correctly identify the mammals and their signs that you come accross.
Carnivores get their name because they eat meat, so they typically have large canine teeth for killing their prey, and a specialised pair of meat cutting teeth (the carnassials). Our carnivore pages include those for thewildcat, fox, badger, otter, pine marten, stoat, weasel, polecat andamerican mink.
Mammals that have hooves instead of claws are called ungulates, and the wild ungulates present in the British Isles come under the order Artiodactyla, with an even number of hoofed toes. Our hoofed mammal pages inlcude those for the wild boar, muntjac, red deer, sika deer, fallow deer, roe deer and chinese water deer.
Insect eating mammals are called insectivores. Our insectivore pages include those for hedgehog, water shrew, common shrew, pygmy shrew and mole.
Rabbits and hares are part of a small order of mammals called lagomorphs. They are herbivores (feeding only on vegetation) with enlarged front teeth (anterior incisors) which never stop growing, an adaptation for gnawing. Our rabbit and hare pages include those for rabbit, brown hareand mountain hare.
Rodents are the most diverse order of mammals, mostly small to medium sized, ranging from the tiny 60g harvest mouse to the beaver which is around 20kg. Our rodent pages include those for red squirrel, grey squirrel, brown rat, field vole, hazel dormouse, harvest mouse, water vole, wood mouse and yellow-necked mouse.
Seals come under the order pinnipeds and are aquatic predators, exploiting marine resources in a variety of coastal habitats. Our seal pages include those for common seal and grey seal.