Want your walk to contribute to citizen science and wildlife conservation?
If the answer is YES then why not download our Mammal Mapper app and get involved with recording mammals along waterways in your local area?
With the launch of our updated Mammal Mapper app, recording mammal sightings has never been easier! All we’re asking you to do is walk 600m+ along a waterway whilst using the app to record any sightings or field signs of mammals you see along the way. We’re particularly interested in 5 key species – European otter, American mink, Water vole, Eurasian beaver and Brown rat – but records of any mammal species you encounter are valuable!
Why Mammal Mapper?
The great aspect of Mammal Mapper is that users can record a survey, during which the app tracks the route you are walking. This means that we can see where people have been looking for mammals, even if they haven’t seen anything. In turn this helps us to work out if areas where we have no records from are true absences of a species, or an artefact of nobody recording in those areas.
Why is this important?
The water vole is the UK’s most rapidly declining mammal, the American mink is invasive in the UK and the European otter has only recently embarked on its comeback and spread across the UK. Using Mammal Mapper, you can help us establish an inexpensive, low-effort monitoring system for these species that can be carried out by anyone!
What to do
- First, ensure you have access rights to where you are walking and are wearing sensible clothing
- Download the Mammal Mapper App and ‘Start Survey’
- Enter your mode of transport as ‘On Foot’ and enter ‘WTWW’ as the Survey ID
- Walk 600m+ along a stretch of water whilst looking out for mammals (such as otters, mink and water vole) and signs of mammals (such as footprints, droppings, feeding remains)
- Record any sightings and/or signs in the Mammal Mapper app along the way
- Submit your survey!
The first 50 people to submit 5 or more surveys will receive some lovely photos of our target species and a Mammal Society pin badge! If that’s not enough, then the users who log the most surveys with the survey ID WTWW both in the UK, and in Sussex specifically, will receive a prize bundle! So, what are you waiting for? Download the Mammal Mapper App and get recording!
If you have any questions please contact email@example.com
For more information about how to identify our target mammals, please see our Walk This Water Way leaflet. For printable life sized images of signs please see our identification guide. If you’d like to help us advertise the Walk This Water Way project, please feel free to save, print and distribute our leaflet and poster – Thank You!
Please remember to ensure you have access rights to whichever waterway you are walking along.
A Focus on Sussex
Following a decline in the 20th century, otters have slowly begun recolonising most of the UK’s waterways, with the exception of large parts of Sussex. Whilst we welcome records from right across the UK, we are therefore aiming to conduct more intensive surveys in Sussex, and get records for every 1km grid square (see below). You can read a little more in our weekly ‘Walk This Water Way Wednesday’ blog on otters.