Record mam­mals on the roads

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lands has some 4.5 mil­lion peo­ple, Aus­tralia has around 23 odd mil­lion and Canada which is ex­tremely large has some 35 mil­lion yet our rather small Is­land has­ap­par­ently some 65 mil­lion sup­pos­edly!

In fact we do not know how many are ac­tu­ally here – re­cent re­ports sug­gest there are some 1 mil­lion plus il­le­gal im­mi­grants – if the truth be known we have lit­tle or no con­trol over our­bor­ders what so ever!

It woul­dap­pearour­prin­ci­pal Com­mon­wealth­coun­tries cer­tainly have a far greater abil­ity in­con­trol­lingth­eir­bor­ders than we do.

Once an im­mi­grant gets here they ut­ter the magic words “asy­lum” andthey have gained free entry andtheben­e­fits which go with it!

Why are the ma­jor­ity of i mmi­grants young males pre­sum­ably their moth­ers, sis­ters etc are of lim­ited im­por­tance!

If the fore­cast is cor­rect the so called camp near Calais, will by the end of the year, have some 10,000 peo­ple try­ing to get to this coun­try.

When will our politi­cians wake up to the fact that this coun­try is grossly over crowdedand­stop­pro­vid­ing ex­cuses for do­ing lit­tle or noth­ing – we have voted to come out of the cor­rup­tEU­so­how­long­willwe be pay­ing £55 mil­lion per day or the stu­pid­ity of Cameron’s bloated over­seas aid which is now ap­proach­ing an­nu­ally some£13 bil­lion, it ap­pear­swe have no idea where the money ac­tu­ally goes we should be con­cen­trat­ing on re­solv­ing the many prob­lems in this coun­try first! A L Stubbs Saxon Way Bourne It is es­ti­mated that each year one mil­lion mam­mals are killed on UK roads.

Al­though it’s not pleas­ant to see road­kill, record­ing sight­ings of dead mam­mals is im­por­tant for con­ser­va­tion.

This sum­mer, wildlife char­ity Peo­ple’s Trust for En­dan­gered Species (PTES) is ask­ing the pub­lic to record sight­ings of road­kill as part of their on­go­ing con­ser­va­tion work for Bri­tish mam­mals.

Mam­mal­sonRoads, which records sight­ings of live mam­mals too, in­forms PTES as to where mam­mals are present and­help­s­thechar­ity to moni- tor­chang­ing­mam­malpop­u­la­tions across the UK and take ac­tion if needed.

Mam­mal­sonRoad­splaysa vi­tal role in the on­go­ing con­ser­va­tion of Bri­tish wildlife and find­ings from this and other PTES sur­veys showed that hedge­hog num­bers have de­clined by over a third in the last decade alone. Based on these find­ings, PTES has ini­ti­ated cam­paigns to help pro­tect hedge­hogs – such as Hedge­hog Street, which now has thou­sands of ‘Hedge­hog Cham­pi­ons’ com­mit­ted to help save the hedge­hog.

Mam­mals on Roads re­quires the pub­lic to record sight­ing­sof­mam­mals, deador alive, any time be­tween 1 July and 30 Septem­ber. To record mam­mal sight­ings your car jour­ney must be 20 miles or more (ex­clud­ing ur­ban ar­eas, dual car­riage­ways and­mo­tor­ways) and com­pleted in one day - per­fect for sum­mer day trips and fam­ily hol­i­days!

Iconic Bri­tish mam­mals that you might spot in­clude foxes, badgers, deer and rab­bits, but PTES also wants to hear about any sight­ings of more­unusual­mam­malssuch as pole­cats and­pine martens.

To­takepart, you­can­down­load the free Mam­mals on Roads appfromtheAp­pS­tore and Google Play. Al­ter­na­tively, the sur­vey can be com­pleted via a printed sur­vey pack. Email mor@ptes.org or call 0207 498 4533 to re­quest a pack to be sent to you. Mam­mals on Roads runs un­til Septem­ber 30, 2016. David Wem­bridge Sur­veys of­fi­cer

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