Archive of: Mammals

  • How do you tell the difference between a Stoat and a Weasel?

    How do you tell the difference between a Stoat and a Weasel?

    Most people are surprised by just how small Weasels are. They’re built on the same diminutive scale as their small mammal prey, and they’re officially Britain’s smallest carnivore. Legend has it that a Weasel can slip its head through a wedding ring, so they are easily capable of nipping into a mouse-sized burrow in pursuit of a hot meal. What they lack in size, they more than make up for in attitude.

  • Bank voles

    Bank voles

    The staff garden at Woods Mill is home to a healthy population of bank voles.

  • Fox cubs in the garden

    Fox cubs in the garden

    Fox cubs are now old enough to explore and play makes up an important part of their day

  • A Wilder Future for water voles?

    A Wilder Future for water voles?

    In a healthy natural environment, water voles would be prolific and widespread. Unfortunately, Ratty is no different from most of the rest of our wildlife. Nationally, and locally, water voles have experienced severe and rapid declines - So what can we all do about it?

  • Stoat

    Stoat

    The slinky stoat is a bundle of energy, always alert and highly inquisitive.

  • Otter spotted in central Sussex

    Otter spotted in central Sussex

    An eagle-eyed member of the public couldn’t believe his eyes when he caught sight of what he thought was an otter swimming in a river in central Sussex.

  • Hazel Dormouse

    Hazel Dormouse

    The hazel dormouse is well-known for being a sleepyhead, and rightly so. It will spend about six months of the year in hibernation.

  • Water Shrew

    Water Shrew

    Find out more about our only venomous mammal

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