The Devon Beaver Project

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Beavers in Devon have been making news in recent months. The Devon Wildlife Trust is involved in two separate projects – a captive monitoring project in North Devon and a wild population living on the River Otter in East Devon. … Continued

Beavers are back!

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Its official, beavers are back! Natural England have just granted Devon Wildlife Trust a five year licence to monitor the River Otter beavers. Read more about it on the Devon Wildlife Trust website: “Its official, beavers are back”

Polecats and Scottish Wildcats

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An interesting article from British Wildlife (June 2014) on hybridization e.g. polecats and feral ferrets, or Scottish Wildcats and domestic cats: is it a polecat or a polecat-ferret and does it matter? Polecat & cat hybridisation

PTES “Living With Mammals” Survey

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The People’s Trust for Endangered Species has announced a new survey aimed at understanding and encouraging the biodiversity on our doorsteps. The survey starts on Monday 31st March and all you have to do is spend some time observing a … Continued

Geoffroy’s Bat – A New UK Species…

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A round up of some of the news coverage of the recent discoveries of Geoffroy’s Bat in the UK. The species was first found in Sussex in 2012: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-19596320 http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/wildlife/batfeature.aspx http://www.surreybats.org.uk/GraphicArchive/Geoffroys.pdf The Sussex individual was located again this year, and … Continued

National Polecat Survey – Records Wanted

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In January, The Vincent Wildlife Trust is starting a national polecat distribution survey, following on from two previous surveys in the 1990s and early 2000s. The aims of the survey are to gather up-to-date information on the current distribution of … Continued

Small Grant Scheme – Dormice in Devon Gardens

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Rare and secretive dormice are sometimes seen visiting garden bird feeders. Based on sightings reported to Devon Biodiversity Records Centre between 1999-2009, Stephen Carroll investigated this further, analysing ‘dormouse gardens’ and their surrounding landscape features. Gardens visited by dormice were … Continued

Saving (Mammal) Species…

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This week’s edition of BBC Radio 4’s “Saving Species” programme looks at mammals, with a focus on UK species, and also talks about the Mammal Society’s atlas project. Listen online here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qdvlk