Water voles are in trouble, they are our fastest declining mammal. In the 1980’s and 90’s they suffered a catastrophic 90% drop in their population, largely due to the spread of American mink, which were introduced into our countryside through illegal releases or escapes from fur farms.
Hedgehogs are Britain’s most loved mammal, mention their name and it’s always met with lots of love. Sadly today they aren’t seen in the numbers that were around decades ago. But they still hold a firm place in the nation’s hearts.
The Peak District Mountain Hare is one of the most iconic mammals we have in the Uplands of England. Surrounded in many places by driven grouse moors, they are in need of protection. This special mammal has been present in Britain for a long time and were native to the Peak District but sadly died out around 6,000 years ago.