Pine marten


The pine marten is the second rarest carnivore in the UK, with a stronghold in Scotland and isolated populations in pockets of England and Wales.



The Barbastelle is a predominantly tree-dwelling species associated with woodland, with a broadly southern distribution in Britain.



The dormouse has declined significantly during the last century and is now largely restricted to southern Britain with small numbers in the north.

Bechstein's bat


Bechstein's bat is a tree-dwelling species associated with old growth woodland. Its core range appears to be centred on southern England.



Polecats are recovering following a dramatic decline during the last century and are now recolonising many areas of lowland Britain.

Horseshoe bats


Greater and lesser horseshoe bats are predominantly found in southern Britain and Ireland, where they form maternity roosts in old stone buildings.



Otter populations declined significantly during the last century but are now recovering and are once again present in every county in England.

Red squirrel


The native red squirrel is rare in England and Wales and has been replaced by the introduced grey squirrel in much of its range.

Stoats and weasels


Stoats and weasels are widespread and thought to be relatively common across Britain, but are under-studied.

Water vole


Water vole populations declined by over 90% during the 20th century but are beginning to recover.

The Vincent Wildlife Trust - celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2015

"I am delighted to say that 2015 is the VWT’s 40th year of working to safeguard the future of mammals in Britain and Ireland. As part of our anniversary celebrations we are launching a new look website later this month and over the year we will highlight our major achievements since 1975 and spotlight our new initiatives.

One new and important 40th anniversary initiative will be the launch of the Vincent Weir Bursary for innovative PhD studies. This is in honour of our founder, the late Hon. Vincent Weir and further details will be announced shortly. A commemorative book is also planned and due to be published at the end of the year.

I hope you will join us in our celebrations by supporting our work in whatever way you can and by contributing to the conservation of the rare or ‘difficult to study’ mammals on which we focus.

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped the Trust to get this far – I am very proud to be part of such a brilliantly focused and successful charity with such talented and committed people."  

Natalie Buttriss
Chief Executive

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Reinforcing pine marten populations in Wales and England

Mammal conservation in west Wales and Ireland