Current surveys and projects
Are Small Mammals Ingesting Plastic?
The Mammal Society with support from Waitrose & Partners as part of their Golden Jubilee Trust scheme is launching an exciting new project.
The study will analyse faecal samples of small mammals across the UK in order to understand the impact of waste plastic on them. The results from this study will be used to make recommendations to Waitrose to enable a reduction in the amount of plastic used in supermarket packaging. To see how you can help with this new study click here.
State of Nature Report 2019
We have been working with partners focused on other groups of plants and animals to develop the 2019 assessment of the State of Nature. The State of Nature partnership is a grouping of over fifty nature conservation organisations which together have already produced two reviews of the status of wildlife in the UK and its Crown Dependences and Overseas Territories.
We are pleased to have been a part of the 2019 Report. It is underpinned by thousands of records collected by Mammal Society volunteers, and the work we have done to assess the conservation status of our mammals.
The third Report was issued on 3 October 2019, to view a copy of the UK Report click here.
To view copies of the specific State of Nature Reports for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales click here.
Walk This Water Way
Walk This Water Way is one of our first dedicated surveys to be run with our Mammal Mapper App. Since the 2019 update, Mammal Mapper allows users to enter a Survey ID, in this case ‘WTWW’ enabling us to identify records specific to a project. For Walk This Water Way, we’re asking the public to use Mammal Mapper to record sightings and signs of all mammals, but mainly otter, water vole and American mink, along stretches of waterway at least 600m in length. It’s a fun activity for a family trip out, or is easy enough to do on a morning commute, afternoon stroll or the routine dog walk! Click here for more info.
The National Mammal Atlas Project
The National Mammal Atlas Project (NMAP) aims to produce the first national mammal atlas in over 20 years to present vital new baseline distribution data, which will be continually updated through ongoing monitoring. The atlas project self funded by the Mammal Society in partnership with the BRC. It uses from members and the public via those submitted on iRecord plus shared records from local record centres and other data providers with a data time scale of 2000-2015. The National Mammal Atlas will be published in winter 2018/19.
How you can help:
Records can be submitted through our Record Submission page or through the Mammal Tracker App. Download our FREE Mammal Tracker app for iphone and android, to record mammals when you’re out and about! Developed through the Heritage Lottery Funded MaWSE project.
Shifting Sands – Rabbit recording in The Brecks
Shifting Sands is one of nineteen nationwide Back from the Brink conservation programmes, which aims to save 20 animal, plant and fungi species from extinction and benefit over 200 more. The focus of the Shifting Sands project is Breckland (or the Brecks) and the rabbits, which are its keystone species.
As part of this project Philippa Mountjoy is looking to record rabbit numbers in the Brecks with help from citizen scientists and volunteers. To help with this the Mammal Society and its Mammal Mapper App represent a way that volunteers can get involved in this project. So if you live or are ever in and around the Brecks, you can help the Shifting Sands project by using the Mammal Mapper app to record rabbit sightings or signs. Or even better conduct a Mammal Mapper survey and use the “BFTB” code in the survey ID. Download the app here.
Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning
The Mammal Society is one of 18 organisations who are members of the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning, a project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The partnership aims to provide resources to help consider protected and priority wildlife species earlier in the UK planning process and encourage building projects to deliver a net gain in biodiversity. This includes a free online planning tool – the Wildlife Assessment Check – that offers householders and small to medium-scale developers a simple check to see whether a potential development project requires expert ecological advice.
Atlas of European Mammals – EMMA2
We are delighted to be helping with the development of EMMA2, the second edition of the Atlas of European Mammals.
The first Atlas of European Mammals was published 20 years ago and is now out of print.
In 2015 some members of the original atlas editorial group proposed the idea of a second edition, updating information for the area already covered and extending the area to the whole of geographic Europe. Early discussions with mammalogists across Europe indicated that there was a high level of interest in this proposal and so an open meeting was held in Rome at the end of November 2016. Discussions at the meeting set the direction for the new project and work began on defining the scope of the project and recruiting volunteers across Europe to help with its delivery. The new Atlas will cover 42 countries, altogether an area of 11.59 million km2.
The project began last year and is due to complete in 2023. National databases are currently being set up.
To find out more about EMMA2 go to
Past surveys and projects
The Mammal Society has completed a number of mammal surveys and research over the years:
- Review of the Population and Conservation Status of British Mammals
- Red List of British Mammals
- Mammal Mapper
- The Hedgehog Watch Project Annual Survey
- The Hedgehog and Lighting Project
- Tracking Ratty: Water Vole Displacement Project
- 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
Longworth or Tube Trap Hire
The Mammal Society owns 150+ Longworth traps, 50 Bioecoss traps and 5 camera traps which are available to loan. Please contact our training officer Rose Toney on email@example.com for more information. Mammal Society membership and loan fees apply.