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The Leicestershire and Rutland Mammal Group is newly formed and aims to promote interest in local mammals and encourage more recording of these animals. As we are a new group we are still getting ourselves sorted out, so please bear with us and keep an eye on this page for more news.
Whilst many mammals are common they are often hard to see, though signs of their presence are all around us. It is perfectly acceptable to record mammals from their tracks and signs providing you can identify the species. Mole hills, droppings, hair, footprints, etc., are all useful evidence that can often be identified to a specific species.
The mammals gallery on NatureSpot includes images of many species - all of which have been taken in Leicestershire or Rutland.
We are interested in records of all mammals found in Leicestershire and Rutland (VC55) - both common and rare, whether from your garden, your local park or from a nature reserve.
You don't need to have a photo to accompany your record though it can help to confirm the identification. Records submitted for uncommon species may require a few notes to explain the key features that enabled you to identify the species.
The easiest way to submit your wildlife records (for mammals and all other animals and plants) is to use the online recording form on NatureSpot. All submitted records are passed on to the local recording schemes for you. Just visit the Submit Records form and follow the simple instructions. A short video guide is available if needed.
If you haven't got access to a computer then you can submit paper records to the Group. Request one from the Mammal Group from the contact email address shown below.
Here are a selection of mammal videos caught on trail cameras on various Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves. Please note that you should ask permission of the land owner before you use any recording equipment.
Bat Conservation Trust's - National Bat Monitoring Programme
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