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  • The impact of traffic noise on bat activity

    14th July 2020

    We are well aware that driving our cars around, perhaps in pre Covid-19 times, can have negative effects on the environment by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing air quality, and increasing the likelihood of pollution in waterways; all of which can have significant effects on human health, but what about Read More


  • The ‘bear’ necessities: collating and using evidence in mammal conservation

    29th June 2020

    As conservationists, we often have to make important decisions in our work about what management actions to undertake – from putting up nest boxes to total habitat restoration. To do this correctly, we need to gather a wealth of information such as local site conditions, resource and policy constraints, and any past experience. We also Read More


  • Monitoring the critically endangered European mink

    16th June 2020

    The European mink is the rarest terrestrial carnivore in Europe and is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Once widely distributed across Europe (but never present in Britain or Ireland), European mink now persist only in isolated fragments of its former range: in northwestern Spain and southwestern France, the Read More


  • Can genetics help us uncover the secret life of Bechstein’s bats?

    29th May 2020

    It is well known that bats are unique amongst mammals. Their ability to fly has allowed them to establish themselves in most continents and habitats, with the exception of Antarctica. Bats have also evolved a distinctive ability among land mammals to use echolocation as a tool for orientation. Both adaptations have allowed them to take Read More


  • PhD Student Blog – A team effort: searching for the elusive barbastelle

    19th May 2020

    Last year, I started my PhD at Sussex University in collaboration with Vincent Wildlife Trust, to study one of Britain’s rarest mammals, the barbastelle. Considered to be ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, as well as being an Annex II species (meaning it has special areas of conservation designated to Read More


  • The Irish Stoat and the Mostela – Volunteer blog

    7th May 2020

    I was just a few weeks into my Master’s degree in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology at Queen’s University Belfast when we were advised to start thinking about our work placement for the following summer. After class, I decided to call Kate McAney, Head of Conservation Development for Vincent Wildlife Trust in Ireland, to see Read More


  • In search of stoats and weasels

    24th April 2020

        I am at the edge of a small mixed woodland in Herefordshire with Lizzie Croose, Vincent Wildlife Trust’s Senior Carnivore Conservation Officer. We are experimenting with a ‘Mostela’. This is a small wooden box with a plastic drainpipe tunnel running through it and a trail camera inside. The camera is set to video and Read More


  • A new vision for the critically endangered European mink

    27th January 2020

    VWT has been working with partners in Spain to trial innovative methods of detecting the presence of European mink, a critically endangered mammal. “I’m learning to think like a European mink!” I call out to Harry, who is close by on the river bank. We are on the banks of the Rio Ebro in northern Read More


  • The puzzle of polecats in Scotland

    12th December 2019

      We were recently asked to write a guest blog for Scottish Invasive Species Initiative, after they caught a couple of polecat-ferrets in their mink traps. This blog is reproduced below.  What is a polecat? The polecat is a native mustelid (member of the weasel family) and is closely related to the pine marten, stoat, Read More


  • A Carnivore Good News Story

    12th October 2019

    As part of the launch of the new State of Nature report, VWT’s Hilary Macmillan reflects on how the fortunes of Britain’s carnivores have changed. For once we have an environmental good news story – thanks to Britain’s carnivores. In recent history, there was a very real danger of saying goodbye to a sizeable number Read More