Volunteers are needed to survey a garden, or local space to record the number of mammals inhabiting the area as part of the annual Living with Mammals survey. The survey is organised by the wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species. Volunteers need to survey a piece of land only once a week until Sunday 24th June and record what mammals they see there.
In 2017 the region that returned the greatest number of surveys was the South East and East of England, and Scotland and the North East returning the least. PTES is keen for residents in Scotland and the north of England to participate in the survey as these are regions that are home to some of Britain’s rarest native mammals, such as pine martens and red squirrels.
The only requirement that is needed for the survey is that the piece of land being surveyed is within 200 metres of a building. This can be a garden, allotment, park or green space near an area of work. PTES are asking people to attend the site for a short amount of time each week and record any footprints or droppings that they see.
David Wembridge, Surveys Officer at PTES said: “Understanding how wildlife in our towns and cities is changing is essential in supporting our wild neighbours such as foxes, rabbits and hedgehogs. We’ve always shared our green spaces with wildlife, so by counting the number of mammals each spring, we can tell where conservation efforts are needed most. By identifying population trends, finding pockets where certain species are thriving or under pressure, we can ultimately encourage biodiversity around us.”
It is already known that many of Britain’s mammals, hedgehogs, foxes, grey squirrels and bats are usually found in gardens, recreational areas such as parks, cemeteries, but other sites close to buildings are becoming areas of interest.
You can register online to take part in the survey here.