How to Look for Mammals

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present a workshop at the National Biodiversity Data Centre on Saturday September 13th on the art of “Tracking Ireland’s Mammals”. This was the third year this workshop was held, and over the course of the last few years and Andrew and I have more or else taken over responsibility for presenting the workshop.

People love to know how to spot signs of wildlife and to use this information to figure out what species of mammal may be lurking in their local patch. Some of the people that attended the workshop were simply there out of their own interest. Some were educators that wanted to learn new information that they could incorporate into their teaching, and a few were environmental consultants who report evidence of wildlife to engineers and planners that may be planning a new road or development, and where the presence of wildlife species needs to be taken into consideration prior to undertaking works.

Every year I meet new people with an interest in the area, so it occurred to me that many others might have a similar interest in pursuing the mammal trail. With this in mind, I’m going to start a new online series, where I’ll feature a new mammal in each post and discuss with the aid of photos, tips and tricks, “How to Look for Mammals”.For useful books, check out my Amazon suggestions.


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