Surveys and Projects
The Mammal Society runs surveys and ongoing monitoring projects. Surveys collect statistical, detailed information on mammals, while monitoring projects collect vital distribution records and can identify population change. This feeds into The National Mammal Atlas Project (NMAP), which aims to produce a thorough, recent baseline of mammal distribution data. A more detailed understanding of this can more effectively advise conservation efforts.
*Note*It is important that ALL surveyors and monitors read these Health & Safety Guidelines before surveying.
The National Mammal Atlas Project
Submit records of any mammal every time you see one to help us map mammal distribution as part of the National Mammal Atlas Project (NMAP). The National Mammal Atlas Project (NMAP) aims to produce the first atlas in over 20 years to present vital new baseline distribution data, which will be continually updated through ongoing monitoring. Records can be submitted through our Record Submission page or through the Mammal Tracker App.
The Mammal Review Project
The Mammal Review project aims to estimate the population size of each terrestrial mammal in the UK, along with information on trends and conservation status. The project will report to Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage, is being produced in collaboration with the Biological Records Centre and will incorporate records from 1995 to 2016. The project will be published in late 2016.
The Water Vole Displacement Project
Every year, many miles of habitat occupied by water voles is cleared by strimming. The idea is that water voles will move out of areas designated for development, and create new burrow systems elsewhere.
However, rather than moving animals from a dangerous construction site, there is a risk that the voles simply stay in the bare habitat, risking death from starvation or predation.
Therefore, the Mammal Society is working with WildCRU at the University of Oxford to assess the threat posed to water vole populations by strimming, and attempt to identify workable solutions. What is more, the recent changes in licensing requirements for work with water voles mean that the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations will be able to act on our findings.
The Hedgehog Watch Project
Our first Hedgehog Watch Survey during National Mammal Week in October 2016 received over 3000 responses, allowing us to map hedghog sightings across the UK and share this data with other organisations completing hedgehog research. 87% of those who reported hedgehog sightings had seen them in gardens, and 70% of these were providing food for hedgehogs. This reassured us of the overwhelming support that these unique mammals are receiving from UK homes. We will continue to run this survey during National Mammal Week each year to build on these findings, and would like to particularly focus on gathering records of areas wehre hedgehogs are abscent.
Completed Surveys and Projects
The Mammal Society has completed a number of mammal surveys and research over the years:
- The Mammal Watch South East project (MaWSE)
- Methods for Monitoring Harvest Mice – MMM Research Report 2008
- National Water Shrew Survey 2004-2006
- Winter Mammal Monitoring 2005
- Domestic Cat Predation on Wildlife
- Garden Mammals Survey 2001
- Road Deaths Survey 2000 – 2001
- National Fox Mange Survey 1999 – 2000
- Living with Yellow-necked Mice 1998-1999
Volunteer on surveys
We encourage everyone to take part in surveys, which gather data on presence and abundance. The Mammal Society is currently developing a set of survey guidelines which will help you survey mammals easily and reliably in different habitats. In the meantime you can take part in one of our existing surveys:
- National Owl Pellet Survey
For all enquiries for the above surveys please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Longworth or Tube Trap Hire
The Mammal Society owns 130 Longworth traps, 50 Bioecoss traps and 5 camera traps which are available to loan. Please contact our training officer Jackie Wells on email@example.com or 02380010984 for more information. Mammal Society membership and loan fees apply.