Mammal Society Footprint Tunnel

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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.

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What do the Mammal Society do?
One in four of our native mammals is threatened with extinction, and many others are in decline. With Britain now recognised as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, urgent action is needed. The Mammal Society is a charity which is working to give Britain's wildlife a better future by:

  • Keeping a constant watch on the conservation status of our mammals and making this information freely available
  • Making conservation more effective by providing guidance on what to do and where to do it
  • Educating the public and professionals about wild mammals, training people to survey them, and sharing the latest research
  • Working in partnership to restore native mammal populations and re-establish functional ecosystems.

Find out more about their work and campaigns at www.mammal.org.uk.


Want to know more about helping the UK’s small mammals?
Read our conservation reports on:
Hedgehogs
Dormice

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