The Red List was compiled by the Mammal Society and the project was led by former Mammal Society Chair, Professor Fiona Mathews. Publication of the Red List would not have been possible without the help of many local mammal groups and volunteer citizen scientists. Since its publication, the findings of the project have provided a very clear basis for prioritising funding and conservation efforts for the future.
One quarter of Britain’s mammals are at risk of extinction in the near future. We hope that in being shortlisted for this award we can continue to raise awareness of the Red List and highlight the urgency of acting on its key findings before it is too late. The Red List for Britain’s Mammals should be seen as the beginning and not the end of the effort to secure a future for our country’s wild animals. We would urge people to continue to record signs and sightings of mammals, such as hedgehogs, squirrels, foxes, rats, bats and mice, using our free Mammal Mapper app or online form.
The Red List for Britain’s Mammals has received authorisation on behalf of the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at a regional level.
We are honoured to be shortlisted along with the Bat Conservation Trust’s BatChat Podcast and UKHab’s UK Habitat Classification. Winners will be announced on 19 October 2021.