2017 - Hedgehogs Otters, Badgers, Voles, Foxes, Pine Martens, etc.

Mammals have sweat glands, hair and feed their young though milk-producing glands. Humans are mammals.
There are about 4400 different kinds world-wide. They live in the sea (whales, seals and dolphins), in freshwater (dolphins, otters) and on land. Some fly (bats). If you include these habitats, there are about 50 types in and around Ireland, 21 of whom are terrestrial wild mammals.
***Remember you can use My sightings (top right menu) to keep track on your own mammal sightings.***
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We had to disable the View button on this survey because data was been taken to populate maps on another web site gathering data on the distribution of mammals in Ireland. You can request the data and we usually oblige.

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Mysterious Mammals

Mysterious Mammals

Why Mysterious Mammals?
(Photo: Soprano Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus pygmaeus). This survey allows users to submit sightings of most of Ireland's terrestrial mammals. Some are native (here since the last Ice Age, 13,000 years ago) and some have been introduced by Man. A few species escaped from captivity and are now breeding successfully in the wild (feral). The term 'mysterious' seemed apt for the project as the mammals of Ireland have presented us with many intriguing problems.
For example, when and how did they arrive on the island of Ireland? In a modern context, their distribution is frequently a mystery, mainly because