Research Partnerships: The Mammal Society
The Mammal Society was established in April 1954. It is a UK charity advocating science-led mammal conservation, leading efforts to collect and share information on mammals, encourage research to learn more about their ecology and distribution, and contribute meaningfully to efforts to conserve them. The Mammal Society was established by a group of mammalogists with the aim of making information about mammals more accessible and to provide a place where those working for mammals could meet, network and share their ideas for the benefit of research and conservation efforts. Applying scientific rigour and expertise to all its work has made the society the trusted source and authority on mammals of the British Isles.
Wild Days Conservation has a formal partnership and works closely with The Mammal Society to support the drive to create a National Mammal Atlas for the UK. Our core research work, carried out through most of our wildlife conservation and research holidays, supports this project. It has been over 20 years since data of this sort was comprehensively produced, data that will give us vital new baselines on the distribution of species around the UK. Records of mammals are of crucial importance to their conservation; unless we understand a species we cannot effectively manage and protect it. The baselines that the Mammal Atlas will give will allow us to monitor changes in distribution at a national level and also give more detailed information on a site specific level. Surprisingly, of the millions of distribution records in existence for animals in the UK it is estimated that only 0.5% are for mammals.