Archive of: Mammals

  • Species of the day: Common Shrew

    Species of the day: Common Shrew

    The Common Shrew may be tiny, but don’t let that fool you for they’re one of our most voracious predators, a fierce ball of unstoppable energy

  • Species of the day: Pipistrelle Bats

    Species of the day: Pipistrelle Bats

    The Pipistrelle bats are Britain’s most widely distributed and regularly seen species. Somewhat confusingly, the Pipistrelle isn’t a single species of bat at all, it is in fact three

  • Species of the day: Hedgehog

    Species of the day: Hedgehog

    Roaming the countryside far and wide, the much-loved Hedgehog was once considered an exceedingly numerous species, one we very much took for granted

  • Species of the day: Wood Mouse

    Species of the day: Wood Mouse

    Despite being one of the UK’s most widespread mammals, the Wood Mouse lives a secretive life. There’s thought to be approximately two thirds the number in Britain than there are humans.

  • Species of the day: Grey Squirrel

    Species of the day: Grey Squirrel

    There probably couldn’t be a more contentious animal amongst UK wildlife than the Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).

  • Foxes

    Foxes

    Winter is a busy season for foxes. If there are any living near you – and there probably are – you’ll be well aware of just how active they are at this time of year, yapping and screaming at all hours of the night and leaving plenty of unmistakable foxy scent.

  • 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

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