Recording mammals

National Mammal Atlas

The Mammal Society are currently working on a National Mammal Atlas, which will be published in late 2016. This will be the first mammal atlas for the UK in over 20 years; so from mole hills in Mayfied, to owl pellet innards in Ovingdean, 2016 is the year to get out and make your mammal records count!


There are lots of different mammal surveys and monitoring schemes to get involved with! 

During Autumn and Winter 2015/2016 we will be continuing our harvest mouse survey and we need an army of nest hunters across Sussex! To find out more contact us at sussexmammalsurveys[at]

Harvest mouse - Derek Middleton/Sussex Wildlife Trust

  Arun and Rother Connections are looking for local people to become part of their vole patrol! If you want to get involved with water vole      survey and monitoring contact Arun and Rother Connections.

  The National Water Vole Monitoring Programme are looking for surveyors and there are 20 survey sites up for grabs in Sussex. For   further information contact PTES.

Water vole - Derek Middleton/Sussex Wildlife Trust

  There are over 40 sites in Sussex registered in the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme

  These sites are visited at least twice a year between April and October

  If you are interested in getting involved contact us

Hazel dormouse - Laurie Jackson

Seen any mammals lately? Wildlife recording is an essential part of conservation work and helps us focus our mammal activities in the right places. Mammals are often under-recorded so if you have a mammal encounter in Sussex, be sure to submit a record! 

Submitting your mammal records

To submit a record you just need to gather four pieces of information:

  what species you have seen

  where you saw it

  when you saw it

  who recorded it

Badger - Laurie Jackson

You can submit your record in a number of ways:
Have you seen a polecat? If so Vincent Wildlife Trust would like to hear from you!