Herefordshire Mammal Atlas 


March  2017
The Herefordshire Lagomorph Atlas is now published and is available free to download from the Lagomorph Atlas page. 


January  2017 
The Herefordshire Insectivore Atlas is now published and is available free to download from the Insectivore Atlas page. 


October  2016
The Herefordshire Rodent Atlas is now published and is available free to download from the Rodent Atlas page. The committee would like to thank HBRC for supplying the majority of the bat records and also for HMG members who helped to increase our records database.  We are also very grateful to landowners for allowing us access to carry out surveys; these include Forestry Commission, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and individual private landowners.


June  2016
The Herefordshire Bat Atlas is now published and is available free to download from the Bat Atlas page. 

The committee would like to thank HBRC for supplying the majority of the bat records and also for HMG members and others from outside the county who helped on bat box checks, trappings, bat surveys etc to increase our records database.  We are also very grateful to landowners for allowing us access to carry out these surveys; these include Forestry Commission, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Diocese of Hereford and individual private landowners.


January 2014

A preliminary meeting was held at the Herefordshire Biological Records Centre (HBRC) on 20th January 2014.  This meeting was attended by representatives from HMG,  HBRC, Herefordshire Nature Trust (HNT) and Johnny Birks, who most of you know is Chairman of the Mammal Society and was recently involved in producing a similar publication, Worcestershire’s Mammals.

A timescale for the atlas has yet to be decided but it is expected to take about three years to complete. HBRC have kindly offered to produce initial maps for all our mammal species in Herefordshire. Once this has been done our task then is to survey areas with no or few records and also to re-survey sites with older records. This is where our members can help.


We will be looking for volunteers to help with a whole array of surveys, from Longworth trapping to bat detector surveys, searching for harvest mouse nests and identifying road kill, analysing owl pellets and putting out dormouse tubes. We hope to be running free training sessions for some of these activities over the course of the next few years, but for now please keep sending us your records even if they don’t seem interesting.  Records of mole-hills and dead rabbits in the road are just as important as rarities such as Bechstein’s bats and pine martens.

Another way you may be able to contribute to the atlas is by sending in good quality photos of mammals which will be considered for inclusion in the atlas (fully credited to you).  Also good photos of road casualties, cat kills and footprints can be sent to us for identification. Please send your records with your contact details, a date and location either to our mammal recorder Joseph Allsopp (See Contacts page).

We look forward to working with you all on this exciting project and hope to see you out surveying with us or at some of the training events in the future.