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Garden Mammals a key focus for new survey

Wednesday 1st April

Garden Mammals a key focus for new survey

Garden Mammal Survey 2015

The newly formed Nottinghamshire Mammal Group and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are asking for the public’s help to collect information about what species of mammal are seen in gardens.  Sightings from gardens can provide important information about the status and distribution of many mammal species and can help to show if any are experiencing declines.

This map below shows the areas when garden records have been recorded from so far.  Each dot represents a 2km square and some dots represent more than one garden.  The different colours represent how many species have been reported from each area.  Many areas have recorded more than 7 species and one garden has recorded an impressive total of 10 species!  

You don't have to wait until you see something this year as we are just as interested in hearing about what you have seen in the past.  This historic data will give us important information about species which we know are declining such as hedgehog.  67% of the surveyed gardens have recorded hedgehogs but this figure goes down to 42% if only gardens which have recorded them in the last 12 months are included.  11% haven’t recorded a hedgehog for over three years and 7% over 10 years.  These figures are based on surveys from only 69 gardens so we need your help to enable a more accurate assessment on the situation.  The online survey form can be found at http://nottsmammals.org.uk/gardenmammals.html

The species recorded are listed below together with the percentage of gardens that have recorded them.

Grey Squirrel 88%
Hedgehog 67%
Red Fox 61%
Wood Mouse 49%
Brown Rat 38%
House Mouse 35%
Mole 22%
Rabbit 4%
Badger 4%
Weasel 4%
Bank Vole 3%
Field Vole 3%
Common Shrew 3%
Stoat 3%
Common/Soprano Pipistrelle 3%
Roe Deer 1%

Please take a minute to fill in the form and help us to measure how well our garden mammals are doing.

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