Advice by Species - Mammals

Articles which cover wild mammal species and when they may need help

Helping Autumn Juvenile Hedgehogs
It’s not news that our hedgehogs are struggling. Estimated numbers of around 30 million in the 1950s fell to estimates of only 1.5 million in the 1990s. S...
Mon, 8 Nov, 2021 at 2:55 PM
Reuniting Baby Squirrels
It’s important to know that it is now illegal to release Grey Squirrels into the wild or to care for them without a license. For this reason, rescue places ...
Mon, 8 Nov, 2021 at 4:31 PM
When to help Badgers
Badgers are one of our most shy and elusive mammals so their interactions with humans are often difficult. Chances are if you can get close to one, someth...
Mon, 8 Nov, 2021 at 8:59 PM
When to help Bats
The UK is host to 18 species of bat. All are highly protected in law because they are threatened. It is illegal to handle a bat without a licence unless y...
Sat, 13 Nov, 2021 at 4:39 PM
When to help Deer
There are six species of deer residing in Britain. They vary in size from the Muntjac at up to 18kg to the Red Deer at up to 190kg. But even the smallest ...
Mon, 15 Nov, 2021 at 8:15 PM
When to help Foxes
Their successful adaptation to urban life unfortunately provides foxes with a lot of potential for injury or illness. Thousands of foxes are hurt or killed ...
Sat, 20 Nov, 2021 at 2:57 PM
When to help Hedgehogs
Probably the most loved of all UK mammals, their low stature and tendency to freeze and roll up in the face of danger leaves them incredibly vulnerable to...
Sat, 20 Nov, 2021 at 3:10 PM
When to help Otters
Our thanks to the International Otter Survival Fund for contributing the advice below. It is important when you first come across an otter that you beli...
Mon, 29 Nov, 2021 at 5:53 PM
When to help Rodents
Rats and mice are often referred to as vermin but in our view all wild animals have an equal right to help when things go wrong. It's important to no...
Mon, 29 Nov, 2021 at 7:03 PM
When to help Squirrels
As you are likely aware, there are two species of squirrel living in the UK – the native Red Squirrel and the introduced Grey. The advice below primarily ...
Mon, 29 Nov, 2021 at 7:22 PM