Our Position Statements

As part of our role to advocate sustainable policy development that supports mammal conservation, we issue clear statements that describe our position on some of the issues mammals face or on announcements of new or changing regional or national policy that affects mammals and efforts to conserve them. Drawing upon members' expertise, we use science-led evidence to advise on issues including culling, re-introductions, disease, non-native species and human conflicts.

We also campaign directly to decision makers as part of the Wildlife & Countryside LINK partnership.

Water Vole Mitigation Handbook (Mammal Society Guidance Series)

This document, endorsed by the Water Vole Steering Group and CIEEM, provides the latest guidance on mitigating the effects of development on water voles.  The first in a new series of practitioner guidance from The Mammal Society, it provides the evidence base for informed decision-making by ecological consultants, planners, Competent Authorities and developers. [Feb 2016]

Statements Concerning Badgers, Bovine Tuberculosis and Culling

Response to Defra’s consultation on relaxing the rules for badger culling (Sep 2015)

Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis - Our Position

8th June 2016

Picture by Alex berry

Pine martens and Capercaillie in Scotland (July 2013) 

October 2013 PRESS RELEASE: Responding to the Scottish Gamekeepers' Association's call to remove and relocate pine martens: The Mammal Society rallies to the defence of pine martens