Walk This Water Way

The Mammal Society

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Project Summary

Do you like walking? Do you have access to at least 600m of a water way, be it a river, stream, canal, lake etc.? Do you have a smartphone or tablet? Do you want to be a citizen scientist? If the answer to these questions is YES then why not think about getting involved with recording mammals along waterways in your local area?

Need to know

  • Start Date: 27/06/2019
  • End Date: 30/06/2020
  • County: National
  • Organisation Name: The Mammal Society
  • Project Category: Species surveys


Project Description

The Task

With the launch of our updated Mammal Mapper app, recording mammal sightings has never been easier! All we’re asking you to do is walk 600m+ along a waterway whilst using the app to record any sightings or field signs of mammals you see along the way. We’re particularly interested in 3 key species – European otterAmerican mink and Water vole – but records of any mammal species you encounter are valuable!

Why is this important?

The water vole is the UK’s most rapidly declining mammal, the American mink is invasive in the UK and the European otter has only recently embarked on its comeback and spread across the UK. Using Mammal Mapper, you can help us establish an inexpensive, low-effort monitoring system for these species that can be carried out by anyone!


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