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February 20, 2020

This week I noticed a fox in my garden who has a bad case of mange.. The foxes entire back was devoid of hair and beginning to bleed.. The poor thing was in a very bad state.

The fox had come to eat the left over chicken carcass we sometimes put out for the locals and w...

Two of our Bedfordshire sites have been reporting sightings of healthy dormice over the 2018 monitoring season (May-Oct), so here's a few pictures and words from two of our site leaders: 

From Ann: 

Hi Folks

Thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday to help with the f...

August 14, 2018

Deer seem to be the subject of the past week or two.

  • Graham Bellamy sighted a single Fallow Deer at Knocking Hoe 

  • Steve Plummer saw at close range a Roe Deer buck near Apsley Guise

  • Jane Redgwell sent in a photo (attached) of of of a Roe Deer doe seen on th...

February 24, 2018

The mammal group survey of the distribution of hares in Bedfordshire has now entered its second year.

We received a reasonable number of records in 2017 & these have been plotted on the map shown: 

What this shows compared to the 1996-8 survey is that there are still hug...

January 16, 2018

Ten of us met with our guide, Sue Raven, at Sandy Smith Nature Reserve to see if we could find evidence of Harvest Mice.   Old nest had been found previously, and we were interested to see if we could find any today.

Sue had brought along an old nest so we knew wha...

January 14, 2018

As of today, the 9th jan, we are now up to 12 species recorded. 

With the already recorded species of weasel, Chinese water deer, Brown hare, rabbit, mole and both grey & black squirrels (counted as only one species).   The new mammals are fox, polecat (DOR), muntjac w...

October 27, 2017

Thank you to all of the people that are sending in mammal records, please keep them coming.  With records of scarcer species, it would be beneficial if you could include a photograph to support the identification.  

 Species that should have an accompanyi...

October 25, 2017

At one of our sites in Bedfordshire where we have been monitoring since before 2010, we were getting a little worried at the lack of sightings the last two or three years. With what seemed to be a dwindling population, inevitably going the way of so many woodlands, whi...

July 26, 2017

I have been keeping a list of the Mammal Species seen in Bedfordshire during 2017 and this past week has filled in a missing species.  

During the Maulden Wood Hazel Dormouse Box check, a Pygmy Shrew was found in a box, this been the first record for the...

The first Hedgehog record of 2017:-

   Leighton Buzzard- Adult dead in garden-14th March


   David Anderson-Mammal Recorder

This is sad news; please keep an eye in your gardens for hedgehogs in particular; one of o...

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