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Chasewater's Mammals -2015

There is still a wealth of knowledge to discover about the largely nocturnal activities of Chasewater’s many mammal species. The following is a provisional list of mammals recorded in the area updated to July 2015.  In most cases it is difficult to be sure of the abundance of each species but a brief comment is made on their likely status.

Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus - formerly common but now very infrequently seen
Mole Talpa europaea - frequent in Southacres Farm
Common Shrew Sorex araneus - common
Pygmy Shrew Sorex minutus - probably common
Water Shrew Neomys fodiens - seen below dam in the 80’s
Daubenton’s Bat Myotis daubentonii - frequently seen over the lake
Whiskered/Brandt’s Bat Myotis mystacinus/brandtii -  has been detected over the north heath
Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus - frequent around dam / sailing club
Noctule Nyctalus noctula - frequently seen over heathland and farmland
Brown long-eared Bat Plecotus auritus - Probably frequent
Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus - common / abundant
Brown Hare Lepus capensis - probably no longer present at Chasewater but frequently seen at Cuckoo Bank
Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis - common in woodland
Bank Vole Clethrionomys glareolus - probably common
Field Vole Microtus agrestis - common / abundant
Water Vole Arvicola terrestris - Probably no longer present -?
Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus - common
Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus - probably common
House Mouse Mus musculus - common around habitation
Fox Vulpes vulpes - common
Stoat Mustela erminea - rarely seen
Weasel Mustela nivalis - scarcely seen
Mink Mustela vison - Occasional reports
Badger Meles meles - present
Red Deer Cervus elaphus - around 40 in the Cuckoo Bank, Chasewater and Brownhills Common areas
Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) - present at Norton Bog

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