Species Activities

HMG have regular activities and ongoing projects for several different species and groups of mammals.  These are often assigned a Species Coordinator.  We are keen to raise the profile of more species, so if you are interested in being considered for this role, please contact us.

We hope to assign a dedicated page on this website to individual species/groups in due course.

Species Coordinator: Denise Foster
Projects and Activities:
  • National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP)
  • Bat box checking
  • Bat box construction
  • Mist netting as part of ongoing woodland projects
  • Radio tracking
  • Road transects

Species Coordinator: Anne Bowker
Projects and Activities:
  • National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP)
  • Dormouse box checking
  • Dormouse box construction

Species Coordinator: Dave Smith
Projects and Activities:
  • 2013 Hedgehog Hibernation Survey
With confirmation that the decline of British hedgehogs is worse than thought, it’s more important than ever that you join us in helping them. One way was to take part in the 2013 Hedgehog Hibernation Survey. Between 1st February and 31st August we asked members to record any hedgehog they see, dead or alive, and where it was seen. This information will help us to understand hedgehog emergence patterns and behaviour and target conservation plans to help them.  If you have any results, please send these to us as soon as possible so that we can collate the results and send them to the national body that organised this survey.
  • PTES 2014 Hedgehog Survey 2014
Full details on the Hedgehog Survey page.

Species Coordinator: Martin Hales
Projects and Activities:
  • A survey of deer on the Woolhope Dome was undertaken in March/April 2013

Small Mammals
Species Coordinator: Dave Smith
Projects and Activities:
  • Harvest mouse nest surveys were performed at the end of 2013

Project Management: Vincent Wildlife Trust
Projects and Activities: 
  • VWT National Polecat Distribution Survey 2013 + 2014
Following on from previous surveys in the 1990s and early 2000s, the aim of this survey is to gather up-to-date information on the current distribution of the polecat in Britain and to investigate hybridisation between polecats and ferrets. Records of polecats, polecat-ferrets and feral ferrets will be collected from all over mainland Britain. Ideally, records should be verified by photos where possible, to allow classification of animals. Carcasses that are collected will be used for genetic analysis and rodenticide analysis. A postal box scheme will be available for you to send the carcass to VWT free of charge. 

For further information about the survey please visit the VWT website at:http://vwt.org.uk/our-work/projects/national-polecat-survey