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The Carnivore Mammals of Britain

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The Carnivore Mammals of Great Britain

Discover the Carnivores of Great Britain, with curated guides, articles and useful websites.
Fox, Badger, Wild Cat, Otter, Pine Marten, Stoat, Weasel, Polecat, Mink

Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes)

Useful Websites

National Fox Welfare Society
Dedicated to the welfare of the UK Fox Population.

Foxes – The Mammal Society
Extensive information and useful fact sheets.

The Fox Website
Information on research, ecology and facts about foxes.

Badger (Meles Meles)

Useful Websites

Badgers – The Wildlife Trusts
Species information and Campaigns to help Badgers. More on saving Badgers here.

Badger Trust
Welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts, and their habitats. Info and guides about Badgers.

Badger – The Mammal Society
Fact Sheets, Badger Details and Identification.

Badgers – RSPCA
Practical Badger advice and details of how to report cruelty/crime. (Scottish SPCA here).

The Badger – Wildlife Online
European badger evolution, taxonomy, biology, ecology and history.

Scottish Badgers
Promotes the study, conservation and protection of Scotland’s badgers, their setts and natural habitats.

Badger – The Woodland Trust
Appearance and behaviour, where to find, how to spot, threats…

Wildcat (Felis Silvestris)


The Tigers Of Scotland
(Scottish Wildcat Documentary)

7 amazing facts about Scottish wildcats
(Discover Wildlife)

Useful Websites

Scottish Wildcat Action
Official wildcat conservation project delivering a national action plan to save the Scottish wildcat.

Wildcat Haven
Conservation project dedicated to saving Scottish wildcats in the wild.

Wildcats – The Mammal Society
Including fact sheets, information, identification…

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European Otter (Lutra Lutra)

Useful Websites

UK Wild Otter Trust
Protecting and promoting a positive understanding of the European otter and its conservation.

Otter – Wildlife Trusts
Species information, where to see, and adopt an otter.

International Otter Survival Fund
Dedicated to the conservation, protection and care of otters.

Otters – Countryfile
Learn all about this carnivorous, semi-aquatic mammal, including what they look like, where they live and the best time to see them.

Otter – The Mammal Society
With fact sheets, distribution, identification and more…

Otters – Scottish Natural Heritage
Scotland is home to about 8,000 otters, making it a European stronghold for this semi-aquatic species…

Pine Marten (Martes martes)

Useful Websites

Pine Marten Recovery Project
VWT’s plans to restore a healthy pine marten population to the rural landscape of Wales and England.

Pine Marten – Back from the Brink
Information and news from an organisation trying to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more.

Species – Pine Marten
The Mammal Society presents information about the Pine Marten (Martes martes).

Pine Marten – Wildlife Trusts
Pine Marten information and articles, how to adopt a Pine Marten…

Pine Martens – Scottish Nature
Find out about Pine Martens in Scotland.

Pine marten – Scottish Wildlife Trust
Pine martens are elusive animals, found primarily in the north of Britain…

Stoat (Mustela erminea)

Useful Websites

Stoat – The Mammal Society
Species information and downloadable fact sheet.

Stoat Factsheets – YPTE
Information at The Young Peoples Trust for the Environment.

Stoat and weasel guide
How to identify, habitat, diet and best places to spot…

Stoat (Mustela erminea) – Woodland Trust
The stoat is not afraid to take on prey more than five times its size…

Stoat – The Vincent Wildlife Trust
The stoat (Mustela erminea) is under-studied and poorly understood…

Weasel (Mustela nivalis)

Useful Websites

Weasel – The Mammal Society
Information, identification and downloadable factsheets.

Stoat and weasel guide – Discover Wildlife
How to identify, habitat, diet and best places to spot.

Weasel sound recordings
The British Library audio recordings of Weasel sounds.

Weasel – A-Z Animals
Extensive information about Weasels.

Polecat (Mustela putorius)

Useful Websites

Polecat – The Mammal Society
Information, identification and factsheet download.

Polecat – Vincent Wildlife Trust
Useful resources, articles and general information.

Polecat Sounds
Polecat sound recordings at The British Library.

American Mink ( Neovison vison)

Useful Websites

American Mink – The Mammal Society
General and Field factsheets for download. Information and identification.

Mink Pages at: Wildlife TrustsNature ScotlandCanal & River Trust.

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Mammal books

Field Guide to the Mammals of Britain and Ireland - WILDGuides

A comprehensive and beautifully designed photographic field guide to all the mammals recorded in the wild in Britain and Ireland in recent times--including marine mammals, bats and introduced species that have bred.

Nature books

Back to Nature: How to Love Life - and Save It

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