Record roadkill sightings this summer to protect wildlife!

Fox. Photo: Ben Andrew

It is estimated that each year one million mammals are killed on UK roads. Although it’s not pleasant to see roadkill, recording sightings of dead mammals is important for conservation. This summer, our partner organisation the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is asking the public to record sightings of roadkill as part of their ongoing conservation work for British mammals. Mammals on Roads, which records sightings of live mammals too, informs PTES as to where mammals are present and helps the charity to monitor changing mammal populations across the UK and take action if needed.

Essex Sea Bass monitoring and tagging project

Sea Bass with tag. Photo: Essex Sea bass project.

The backwaters and rivers of Essex and Suffolk provide ideal conditions for juvenile Sea Bass to feed and grow. However Bass populations have fallen dramatically in the last few years due to over fishing adult stock and two harsh winters a few years ago. Essex Wildlife Trust has been working with recreational sea anglers, Cefas, the University of Essex, the Kent & Essex IFCA, and the Environment Agency to monitor the Bass population and discover what areas of the coast are used by this species at different times of year.

Dormouse surveys underway in Essex

Dormouse at an EWT reserve. Photo: Darren Tansley

Essex Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers are helping monitor two Essex sites for dormice as part of a project spanning 20 sites in Suffolk and Essex. The first checks have taken place this month, and the survey will continue throughout 2016.

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