Want to make a difference to wildlife?
One way to do this is to take part in surveys. They give conservation charities a really good idea of what is happening across the country – so the more people who join in the better. You don’t need to be an expert, just to take part.
Building up a picture of wildlife on our doorsteps help us tell if a species is in trouble and needs help. For example, thousands of wildlife watchers have helped identify the loss of hedgehogs over 20 years. Like the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which has run for over 40 years now, surveys give a lot of local information which give great value to wildlife conservation because of the picture they build up.
It’s time for the PTES Living with Mammals Survey!
The 29th March 2021 saw the launch of this year’s Living With Mammals survey. All you need to do is to record the mammals you see every week and any signs they leave behind, such as footprints or droppings.
Spotting wild mammals, a PDF from the PTES
image © PTES
You can choose any green space to survey.
It could be a garden, an allotment, a local park or any other area that’s convenient to spend a little time in each week. The site must be within 200 metres of a building.
You can share your photos online using #LivingwithMammals
PTES who run the survey aren’t asking people to survey public areas, but to survey in gardens and other private land. If you’re not sure about whether to take part in surveys during COVID-19, check government guidelines and then decide if it is right and proper and safe for you to take part.
Register here (it’s free to do this and there’s the most gorgeous picture of a fox waiting for you)
Survey tips and hints are here such as when and where to look, tracking signs so you can work out who is who, a note on wildlife cameras and more. Mammals are typically more active at sunrise and suntset. Check walls, hedges, fences, grass verges and field margins – they all provide cover for mammals.
There are mammal fact files here. Doing a survey is a great way to find out more about wildlife!
You can see the results of past surveys here – Living with Mammals started in 2003!
Give local wildlife their own wildlife corridors
PTES point out that connecting our gardens and patches of green such as grass verges and local parks enable animals to move between different features. Make a CD sized hole in the bottom of a fence can really help them journey from one place to another – their own sort of motorway network, a wildlife corridor, if you like. These can certainly help animals such as hedgehogs. Visit Hedgehog Street, a campaign run by PTES and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society for more information..