The Mammal Society footprint tunnel is a new and innovative survey tool to track footprints of small to medium mammals.
How does it work?
Footprint tunnels (or tracking tunnels) are a non-invasive tool to look for the presence of mammals in a habitat by identifying their footprints. The tunnels are placed along hedgerows or other edge habitat overnight and baited. Mammals walk over ink-pads to reach bait inside and leave their footprints on special paper as they do so.
It's a great survey for the whole family to find out what passes through your garden in the night. The 22cm high tunnel will track smaller mammals such as hedgehogs, mice etc. Adult badgers and foxes are unlikely to fit down the tunnel.
Scientifically speaking, is it effective?
The footprint tunnel was initially developed at Nottingham Trent University in an attempt to replace spotlight transect surveys, which weren't very effective at detecting hedgehogs. The Mammal Society ran trials, which found the tunnels to be statistically more effective at detecting hedgehogs, a difficult species to survey for.
Why The Mammal Society?
Simple answer – The Mammal Society produces this product.
We’ve teamed up with them to distribute this tracking tunnel directly to you from our warehouse.
All payments are made through our site and customer service is handled by us too.
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Need more resources?
The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has produced an extremely detailed guide for detecting hedgehogs using footprint tracking tunnels. You can read it here.
They’ve also produced a neat little sign you can print and attach to your tunnel.
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