Mammals in Bedfordshire

Mammals in Bedfordshire:

There are 101 species of mammal found in the UK. Lacking a coast Bedfordshire does not feature anywhere near this number of species (although a Grey Seal did once make it this far).  We do however have a number of species that occur on the county list that are not normally found in the UK but these tend to be one-off or occasional escapes.


Around 42 species are recorded from the county in any given year, the most common species found are listed here but a number of escapees have been recorded from the county in recent years. 

To learn more about the species click on the name to open a Mammal Society fact page.

Artiodactyla (even toed ungulates)

Carnivora (Carnivores)


Chiroptera (Bats)

  • Barbastelle - Barbastella barbastellus (N)

  •  Brandt's - Myotis brandti (N) 

  • Brown Long-eared - Plecotus auritus (N)

  • Common Pipistrelle - Pipistrellus pipistrellus (N)

  • Daubenton's - Myotis daubentonii (N)

  • Leisler's - Nyctalus leisleri (N)

  • Nathusius' Pipistrelle - Pipistrellus nathusii (N) 

  • Natterer's - Myotis nattereri (N)

  • Noctule - Nyctalus nocula (N)

  • Serotine - Eptesicus serotinus (N)

  • Soprano Pipistrelle - Pipistrellus pygmaeus (N)

  • Whiskered - Myotis mystacinus (N)


Eulipotyphla (Shrews, Moles and Hedgehogs)


Lagomorpha (Rabbits and hares)


  • Red-necked Wallaby - Macropus rufogriseus (I)


Pinnipedia (Seals)

Rodentia (Rodents)

Other Mammals in Bedfordshire: 

In addition to the regulalry recorded species (and Grey Seal) a number of escapees and apprant introductions have been recorded from the county. These include:


  • Capybara - Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

  • Garden Dormouse - Eliomys quercinus

  • Black-tailed Prairie Dog - Cynomys ludovicianus


To learn about species NOT found in Bedfordshire see the Mammal Society website by clicking the image below: 

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