Seals in Sussex by Stephen Savage My initial experience with seals was in my early career as an aquarist of a public aquarium. This role included the husbandry of 2 rescued harbour seals, housed at the aquarium as they could not be returned to the wild. After a while, 2 seals became 3 when a young … [Read more...] about Mammal Week 2019 – Seals
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Flying bat, hidden roost by Kieran O'Malley It is early May 2019 and my life is squashed down to just a few bags that I can (somewhat) comfortably carry on a bus from Leeds to Brighton. This is no weekend getaway, but the start of my 4 year-long PhD at the University of Sussex on one of Britain’s … [Read more...] about Mammal Week 2019 – Barbastelle bats
Saving Ratty by Merryl Gelling Upbeat and endlessly cheerful, one would have thought life for Ratty from Wind in the Willows was an endless whirl of wicker luncheon baskets and carol singers, with little to fear apart from those dastardly stoats and weasels taking over Toad Hall. Not so for … [Read more...] about Mammal Week 2019 – Water voles
Yes, its finally here! This is the week where we go all out to raise awareness of Britain's mammals and the conservation issues they face. This year's event runs from Friday 18 through to Sunday 27 October and our theme for 2019 is #MammalsMatter. From tiny bats to prowling wildcats, all of … [Read more...] about National Mammal Week is here!
The Mammal Society’s 66th Spring Conference is fast approaching and we would like to invite you to submit your talks and posters. We are keen to hear from as wide a range of speakers as possible; academic research projects, interesting results from consultancy work and surveys conducted by local … [Read more...] about Spring Conference 2020 – call for submissions
From tiny bats to prowling wildcats, all of Britain’s mammals matter. Very sadly the Mammal Society’s 2018 Review of the Population and Conservation Status of British Mammals found that 1 in 5 wild land mammals are at risk of extinction. From this review the wildlife charity created the UK’s first … [Read more...] about Get creative for conservation – National Mammal Week 2019
On 20 October Mammal Society Chair, Professor Fiona Mathews, will be running her first ever marathon! Fiona will be running the Amsterdam Marathon to raise much needed funds for the Mammal Society. All money raised will go towards helping to fund ongoing Mammal Society activities (including … [Read more...] about Fiona runs to raise funds #RunningForTheirFuture
Hi, Emily again :) This week I have decided to write about weasels. They are our smallest carnivore and widespread throughout Britain, but absent from most off-shore islands and Ireland. Being so widespread, it is perhaps unsurprising that they are found in a wide range of habitats. These … [Read more...] about Walk This Water Way Wednesday – Weasels
Like most small children growing up in the early 1960s (and other children to this day, of course) I was fascinated by dinosaurs but I don’t ever recall giving that much thought to their bones. Artists’ impressions of their reconstructed bodies filled the children’s reference books that I devoured, … [Read more...] about An osteological obsession – Ric Morris on the fabulous world of bones
Think sun, think stones, think seals, think the beaches of Sussex! Over the weekend the Mammal Society and Brighton Dolphin Project joined forces and took to the Sussex coastline to spread the word about the local marine mammals: grey seals and common seals. In particular we wanted to let people … [Read more...] about A seal-ly good time on Sussex’s beaches!