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…the UK’s Threatened Mammals

Eight of the UK's mammals are high priorities for conservation action, but until now there is very little published guidance on how to best protect them. The publishers and authors of a new book, published tomorrow (Fri 29th June), hope to plug this gap by providing information to land managers, planners, local authorities and wildlife groups.

The Mammal Society and Cresswell (publishers) have brought together recognised experts to produce the urgently-needed information.

Marina Pacheco is the Mammal Society's Chief Executive. Commenting on the launch, she said: "Some of our mammals, such as the red squirrel and the wild cat, are among our most threatened species. In 2007, the government decided that these and a further six mammals deserved to be top priorities for conservation action. Creating priorities without providing guidance is somewhat meaningless. We now hope that our guidance will now create the necessary action to take them from a list and give them a future."

The publication will provide urgently-needed comprehensive guidelines on standard survey protocols and guidelines for impact assessment and mitigation for the following terrestrial mammals that were added to the Biodiversity Action Plan list in 2007: red squirrel; harvest mouse; brown hare; mountain hare; European hedgehog; wildcat; pine marten and polecat.

The publication includes an introduction explaining the need for standard survey protocols and guidelines for impact assessment and mitigation in the context of EcIA, and will consider factors for each BAP species, such as their status, background biology and research requirements.The publication also provides a brief summary of existing sources of relevant information for the remaining terrestrial UK BAP mammal species, namely bats, otters, water voles and dormice. As there is the need, in some cases, for further research on appropriate survey methodologies and for assessing the outcome of recommended mitigation strategies, these are intended to be interim guidelines, while this necessary research is carried out and case studies assessed. Updates will be posted to The Mammal Society website: http://www.mammal.org.uk

Will Trewhella of Cresswell says “For some UK terrestrial mammals, such as the dormouse and water vole, conservation handbooks have existed for some years. However, other species, including those added to the UK BAP list in 2007, were not receiving adequate attention. So The Mammal Society and Cresswell have collaborated to address this gap by producing this new publication endorsed by the national Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations of England, Scotland and Wales and the Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Managers.”

The Mammal Society and Cresswell (a Hyder Consulting group company) will launch UKBAP Mammals: Interim Guidelines for Survey Methodologies, Impact Assessment and Mitigation on 29th June at The Cole Museum, University of Reading.

4th July 2014