Wildlife charity calls for volunteers to help record mammal sightings

A wildlife charity is calling for volunteers across Britain to record mammal sightings in a conservation effort

Deer in the road (Photo by: Ophir Michaeli via Getty Images)

The Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling on volunteers across Britain to record sightings of mammals, dead or alive, as part of its annual Mammals on Roads survey.

The charity is asking commuters, families, and anyone else using Britain’s roads, to record sightings of mammals and submit the records via the free app, Mammals on Roads.

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Red deer with velvet antlers in Bradgate Park in Leicestershire.
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The data collected on the app, available on Apple and Android smartphones, will help conservationists view changing population trends and identify what species are in most danger.

It will also inform where the new mammal road signs, soon to be launched by the Department for Transport in an attempt to lessen the number of collisions involving animals, should be placed.

Badger on the road (Photo by: J B Lumix via Getty Images)
Passengers can record mammal sightings on an app that will store the data and use it for conservation efforts (Photo by: J B Lumix via Getty Images)

“Though no-one likes seeing roadkill, recording such sightings every year tells us how wild mammals are faring in the surrounding landscape,” said Mammal Surveys Coordinator, David Wembridge.

“Thanks to the many volunteers who’ve submitted records over the last two decades we found out that hedgehog numbers are plummeting. Now, we’re doing everything we can to help this species, but we wouldn’t have known they were in trouble without volunteers helping us.”

Hedgehog in the road (Photo by: Leoba via Getty Images)
New mammal road signs, announced by the Department for Transport, will feature an image of a hedgehog (Photo by: Leoba via Getty Images)

The Mammals on Roads app includes audio descriptions and illustrations of each mammal, so passengers can identify what species they pass on their journeys; whether they’re common hedgehogs, badgers, rabbits, and deer, or lesser-seen stoats and otters.

David added: “Taking part in Mammals on Roads can really make a huge difference and helps ongoing conservation efforts. It will build a countrywide picture of how mammal numbers are changing.”

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To find out more about volunteering, visit: People’s Trust for Endangered Species.