Current surveys and projects
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.
State of Nature Report
We are now 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 produced two reviews of the status of wildlife in the UK and its Crown Dependences and Overseas Territories. The partnership hopes to produce a third report in 2019, shortly in advance of the 2020 deadline for meeting the Aichi targets, key global biodiversity targets agreed under the Convention for Biological Diversity.
For more information and updates go to https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/projects/state-of-nature-reporting.
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 130 Longworth traps, 50 Bioecoss traps and 5 camera traps which are available to loan. Please contact our training officer Rose Toney on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Mammal Society membership and loan fees apply.