Kent Mammal Group
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The Kent Mammal Group was formed in 1997 - it has straightforward yet important aims:

  • Raise awareness of the plight of the County’s mammals
  • Promote recording and study of mammals in Kent
  • Help to conserve mammals
  • Provide a forum for those interested in wild mammals.

Membership of the Group offers an enjoyable approach to conservation and recording which appeals to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Yes, there are academics and professional ecologists, but there are also many members who come from all walks of life and all ages, and simply have a soft spot for mammals, and enjoy the keen observation and detective work that can be linked to a walk in the country. This includes young people who are keen to find out more about local mammals and their place in the wider fauna and flora of the County. So, if you are interested come along to one of our events and be assured of a warm and enthusiastic welcome.

If you have a fascination for a specific species, or a particular area of the County, that is even better. The Group is always looking to expand its range of expertise and knowledge of habitats. But that doesn’t mean you have to be an expert. Part of the fun of belonging to the Group is to learn as you go. This can happen informally or by attending the training courses that the Group provides.

Kent Mammal Group is always looking to work in partnership with other organisations – not just those with similar aims, but also others as diverse as the Church of England and the Ministry of Defence. Support for projects has been received from the BBC Wildlife Fund and Awards for All. The Group associates closely with the professionals at Wildwood Trust who are based in Kent but are promoting conservation measures for all British mammal species.

Whether it is the small creatures that inhabit the hedge at the bottom of your garden – or the big marine mammals that live off our coast – they all need support as our local environment is increasingly threatened. You can help provide that support by joining Kent Mammal Group.

Pamela Worrall

Chairman

Kent Mammal Group  2014

 
Mammal watch south east PDF Print

'The Mammal Society is celebrating the launch of their new Heritage Lottery Funded project Mammal Watch South East (MaWSE) at Wildwood in Kent on Saturday 17th May from 10am. The MaWSE project is engaging the public in a variety of ways in monitoring mammals in the South East counties of Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and the Isle of Wight. The goal is to obtain lots more records of mammals in order to paint a more accurate picture of their distribution in a South East Mammal Atlas. The ways that people can get involved include borrowing camera traps, taking part in surveys, checking out the website resources and downloading the new free smartphone app 'Mammal Tracker' to identify and submit mammal records (out in May).

At the event talks will be held on otters, hedgehogs and harvest mice, as these are the project's 3 focal species, and numerous wildlife organisations will be holding stalls at this family friendly day! A limited number of invites are being sent out as tickets also get you free entry to the Wildwood Trust for the day, so come and join us to launch this important project! If you would like tickets please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .'

 
Riparian Mammal Survey – Official Launch! PDF Print

Over sixty people braved the weather to attend Kent Mammal Group's January indoor meeting and hear all about our new Riparian Mammal Survey. Richard Andrews, who is heading up the training of volunteers from the membership, began by providing an introduction to the ecology of the three mammals that we will be focusing on, namely water voles, otters and American mink. He then went on to describe their field signs, which is what we will be looking out for and recording during the survey. Finally he talked about the survey area for this year (the Medway catchment), the level of effort needed, and health and safety considerations. Hazel Ryan kindly brought along some examples of droppings from Wildwood, so those attending the meeting could see what they look (and in some cases smell!) like. KMG will also be holding a practical training session during the next few months (this will be advertised in the E-Bulletin and on the website). If you were unable to come along to the meeting on 31st January and would be interested in taking part in the survey please email us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 
Kent Mammal Atlas PDF Print

In 2009 it was decided to work more concertedly towards the publication of a new Mammal Atlas for Kent, joining forces with Kent Bat Group, East Kent Badger Group, and the Records Centre. The Group is also working with the Kent God's Acre Project to further wildlife recording and conservation in churchyards and burial grounds across the County. The immediate priority for the atlas is to ensure that there are sufficient records for the fifty plus terrestrial and marine species so that the atlas is seen to be clearly representative of the status of mammals in Kent in the first decade of the 21st century.

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More volunteering opportunities in Kent PDF Print

Hare survey – Anna David of Kent Wildlife Trust will be surveying six meadow sites in the Eden Valley for brown hares, as part of the 'Returning Eden's Meadows' project. This will be a straight forward presence/absence survey and will take place during February and March. If you are interested in taking part please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

American mink survey - Kent Wildlife Trust are also looking for volunteers who could lend a hand with mink surveys on Thursday or Fridays from mid-February in the Whitstable, Faversham, Rainham region.  The task would involve walking the North Kent Marshes with the Water for Wildlife Project Officer, Sam Thomas, initially deploying mink monitoring rafts and then helping Sam to check them for mink tracks on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. There would be informal training provided to identify various mammal tracks. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for full details.

 
A Future for Dormice in Kent PDF Print

A future for Dormouse in KentFunded by BBC Wildlife Fund

Great concern has been expressed for the future of the hazel dormouse as its numbers across the country have declined by at least a half in the past 100 years. Dormice are a 'flagship species'. Where they occur the habitat is usually very suitable for a wide range of other species. They are also important as 'bioindicators' as they are particularly sensitive to habitat and population fragmentation, so their presence is an indication of habitat integrity and sustainable populations of other sensitive species.

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Online mammal recording facility PDF Print

You can now send us your mammal sightings online.

This facility will make it much simpler and quicker to send us your sightings and help ensure we obtain as many records as possible.

You can access this function from the 'get involved' button. Simply fill in the form and your record will be added to the accumulated knowledge on mammals in Kent. There is very little typing to do, most of it is completed using drop down menus and there is an interactive map of Kent to make sure the record is located as accurately as possible.

We hope you find this a useful function of your website and you become an avid and regular user.

Happy recording,

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