Mammals

Whilst birds, lepidoptera and dragonflies have since become my primary fields of interest, it was actually the local mammalian life which originally attracted me to the study of natural history, the countryside around our home in East Yorkshire hosting particularly large numbers of Roe deer, as well as other wonderful wild animals such as Foxes, Hares, Bats and Water Voles. Indeed the local Water Vole population is particularly special given that this mammal is under serious threat across the country, though I have to admit I have grave concerns for the future of the colony, especially as it lies so close to the ever expanding town of Beverley. Hopefully the council will put wildlife and conservation before short-term financial gain but to be honest I think it is already a lost battle.

Mustelidae

Pine Martin (Martes martes)
Stoat (Mustela ermine)
Weasel (Mustela nivalis)
Otter (Lutra lutra)
Badger (Meles meles)
American Mink (Neovison vison)

Cervidae

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
Fallow Deer (Dama dama)
Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)
Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis)
Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)

Leporidae

Brown Hare (Lepus capensis)
Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Canidae

Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Erinaceidae

Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

Sciuridae

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Talpidae

Mole (Talpa europaecus)

Muridae

Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)
House Mouse (Mus musculus)
Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

Cricetidae

Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus)
Field Vole (Microtus agrestis)
Water Vole (Arvicola terrestris)

Soricidae

Common Shrew (Sorex araneus)
Water Shrew (Neomys fodiens)

Vespertilionidae

Common Noctule (Nyctalus noctula)
Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus)
Brown Long-eared Bat (Plecotus auritus)

Phocidae

Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus)
Common Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Phocoenidae

Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)