National Mammal Week is organised by the Mammal Society as a celebration and awareness week of mammals and their conservation in Great Britain. Here is our Patron, Zeb Soanes, to introduce this year’s event.
The theme we have chosen this year is habitats. A reduction in suitable habitats is one of the big reasons for mammal population decline in Britain. Some of our most at-risk mammals, including harvest mice, voles, hedgehogs, hazel dormice, and several species of bat have been adversely affected by changes to the quality or scope of their normal habitat. By highlighting this and explaining more about why mammal presence in particular habitats is so vital for biodiversity we aim to raise awareness and bring about change.
Every day, from Friday 23 October through to Sunday 1 November, our bloggers will be looking at a new habitat and the mammals we might expect to find there. From grasslands and woodland to fens, marshes and bogs – we think we’ve got it covered! Click here for blogs.
Things are understandably a bit different this year but we really hope that you’ll be able to get outside during the week and explore for yourself.
Record what you see…you could win a prize!
As usual during National Mammal Week we will be encouraging you to send in details of your mammal signs and sightings.
We would love it if you could download the Mammal Mapper app and get out and about and let us know what you find. Whether you’ve seen a grey squirrel from your living room window, were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a red deer amongst the trees in your local wood or spot a dead animal on the side of the road when you are a passenger in someone’s car, we really want to know. We’d like to make this the best ever week for mammal recording!
PLUS between 23 October and 31 October anyone downloading the Mammal Mapper app will have their name put in a hat and on 1 November we will pull out a name and send a prize to one lucky person. Download the app TODAY to be in with a chance of winning!
Read more about why recording mammals is so vital here.
Please be sure to check the Covid-19 restrictions in your area before heading out.
Mammal Photographer of the Year 2021
Slightly later than planned (sorry) …but here it is! Entry to our 2021 Mammal Photographer of the Year competition is now OPEN!
Things are a little different than usual this time but no less exciting as we have opened this year’s competition up to mobile phone photographers too! Find out more/enter here https://www.mammal.org.uk/mpoy/.
#ThreeLittleWords – competition
Which three words sum up a recent encounter with one of Britain’s mammals? Like/follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and let us know your three words in the comments of the competition post and you could will be entered into our Teemill t-shirt competition. One lucky winner will receive a t-shirt featuring a brand new design with their words featured on it.
Other competitions and quizzes
Is your child a budding painter/sculpter/photographer? We’d love to see any wild British mammal pictures or models they have created. Whether its a photo of a hedgehog taken on a phone, a plasticine hedgehog or a dolphin made of bottletops, send them in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them in our Mammal Week Gallery.
Look out for other competitions and quizzes on social media throughout the week, search for #MammalWeek for up to date announcements.
Discounts and offers
Throughout National Mammal Week our partner organisations are offering some fantastic discounts and offers to Mammal Society supporters. Below is a selection – click on the images to be redirected to their websites (please also check in on our social media pages throughout the week):
The lovely people at NHBS are offering 20% off RRP on selected titles (including Britain’s Mammals 2018) and 10% off the rest of the Mammal Society range of books.
Our friends at CJ Wildlife will donate 10% of sales in their wildlife range to the Mammal Society during Mammal Week. During the week they will also be running some fantastic competitions for adults and children, look out for these on social media (@CJWildlife).
The fabulous Creature Candy are offering a 20% discount across the entire range of British homeware and gifts, including their wonderful badger products – see Badger Jug pictured. Simply enter the code MAMMAL20 at checkout.
Don’t forget that the Mammal Society will benefit from any purchases made from any of our retail partners (including Teemill – pictured) so your purchases really will make a difference!
Read more about how you can support us here.
Do you have Twitter and work with a British mammal? You can use the hashtag #MyWorkWithBritishMammals to tell us about your work. We’ll be retweeting as many of you as possible throughout the week! Don’t forget to also tag @Mammal_Society or use #MammalWeek if you have room!
We’ll be posting videos and blogs throughout the week so please stay tuned. Check this page for details or follow us on social media #MammalWeek.
Don’t have a smartphone but still want to record your mammal signs and sightings? Use our online recording form found here