Help with mam­mal sur­vey

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

Vol­un­teers are needed to record the num­ber wild mam­mals seen in gar­dens or lo­cal green spa­ces. It is part of the Liv­ing with Mam­mals an­nual sur­vey by the Peo­ple’s Trust for En­dan­gered Species (PTES). This study re­lies on the pub­lic to help be­tween now and the end of June by choos­ing a site close to their home or place of work and spend­ing a short time each week look­ing out for wild mam­mals or the signs they leave be­hind. Vol­un­teers can record their sight­ings on­line or via pa­per forms. David Wem­bridge, sur­veys of­fi­cer at PTES, said: “Liv­ing with Mam­mals pro­vides a na­tion­wide pic­ture of how wildlife is far­ing in our towns and cities. “Record­ing wildlife and track­ing how num­bers are chang­ing is key to on­go­ing ef­forts to con­serve it.” Last year, grey squir­rels were recorded at seven out of ev­ery 10 sites (69.4%), mak­ing them the sur­vey’s most com­monly re­ported wild mam­mal. But grey squir­rels are just one of the 28 wild mam­mal species that have been recorded. Over the sur­vey’s 15-year his­tory, mam­mal sight­ings range from smaller species such as wood mice, water voles and hedge­hogs, to much larger species in­clud­ing deer, bad­gers, foxes and ot­ters. Mr Wem­bridge said: “The nat­u­ral world is never far away from us, even in towns and cities. “The pres­ence of wild mam­mals is a pos­i­tive sign of the health of these spa­ces and while it may not be com­mon­place to see some of these species, we can still find a sur­pris­ing num­ber.” To take part in the sur­vey, reg­is­ter on­line at www.ptes. org/liv­ing-with-mam­mals/

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