Mammals

  • Badger
    Badger
    Badgers are nocturnal and rarely seen during the day. When not active, badgers usually lie up in an extensive system of underground tunnels and nesting chambers, known as a sett.
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  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
    The bottlenose dolphin is a large stocky dolphin around 2.5-3.0m in length. They have a large sickle shaped fin and they can leap right out of the water.
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  • Common Dolphin
    Common Dolphin
    The common dolphin is also known as the short-beaked common dolphin and is one of the smallest of the dolphins, measuring 2.1 - 2.4 metres in length.
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  • Common Shrew
    Common Shrew
    Common shrews are one of Britain’s most abundant small mammals. They are recognisable from their long, narrow, twitching snout, silky brown fur and grey underside.
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  • Dormouse
    Dormouse
    Dormice occur mainly in southern counties, especially in Devon, Somerset, Sussex and Kent.
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  • Field Vole
    Field Vole
    Field voles have grey-brown fur above, creamy-grey fur below, has a tail much shorter than the bank vole, and fur is shaggier, covering the ears.
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  • Grey Seal
    Grey Seal
    The grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) are very large animals, males can grow up to 3 metres long and weigh 300kg!
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  • Harbour Porpoise
    Harbour Porpoise
    The harbour porpoise is the smallest species of cetacean found in European waters, measuring around 1.3 - 1.5 metres in length. It is often confused with dolphins, particularly the bottlenose dolphin.
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  • Harvest Mouse
    Harvest Mouse
    Harvest mice (Micromys minutus) are Britain’s smallest rodent, weighing around 4-6g as adults, with a head and body length of 50-70mm.
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  • Hedgehog
    Hedgehog
    Hedgehogs are our only spiny mammals. They have a short inconspicuous tail, small ears and relatively long legs, which are all covered with dense, sharp, brown spines.
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  • Mole
    Mole
    Moles spend almost all their lives underground in a system of permanent and semi-permanent tunnels, surface tunnels are usually short-lived.
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  • Otter
    Otter
    Otters can travel over large areas. Some are known to use 20 kilometres or more of river habitat.
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  • Pine Marten
    Pine Marten
    Pine marten (Martes martes). Dark brown fur; yellow/white throat patch; long fluffy tail; about the size of a small cat.
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  • Polecat
    Polecat
    Polecats are found throughout Wales where valleys and farms are favoured, the midlands and parts of central southern England, and are spreading steadily from these areas.
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  • Pygmy Shrew
    Pygmy Shrew
    The Pygmy Shrew is a very small mammal with a markedly pointed snout. As in the common shrew the fur is greyish brown (dirty white ventrally) but the pygmy shrew is smaller and has a proportionately longer and thicker tail.
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  • Red Fox Cub
    Red Fox Cub
    The fox is a member of the dog family and is recognised by its orange-reddish fur, it has overtaken grey wolves as the most common canines in the wild.
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  • Red Squirrel
    Red Squirrel
    The Red squirrel's (Sciurus vulgaris) fur colour varies from bright ginger through to red and dark brown or black tinged with grey in winter.
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  • Roe Deer
    Roe Deer
    Roe deer are widespread throughout Scotland and much of England, and in many areas they are abundant.
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  • Stoat
    Stoat
    Stoats (Mustela ermine) have Long slender bodies with short legs. Medium to short tail always with a black tip.
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  • Water Shrew
    Water Shrew
    Water shrews are the largest of the British shrews. These frantic little mammals are very well adapted to an aquatic lifestyle.
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  • Weasel
    Weasel
    Weasel (Mustela nivalis) - Their fur is ginger to russet brown, cream below, undulating border between. Long slender body, short tail (and no black tip). Slightly smaller than the stoat.
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  • Wood Mouse
    Wood Mouse
    Found throughout the British Isles, even on the smaller islands, the wood mouse is our most common and widespread wild rodent.
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