We are a growing group of individuals (all volunteers) whose aim is to look after
the health and welfare of the wild mammals of Cambridgeshire. Currently there are
about 45 members of the Group – around a dozen of whom regularly undertake a range
The formal Constitution of the Group describes our objectives – to work for the
conservation and protection of wild mammals in Cambridgeshire - in more detail.
WHAT WE DO
We survey and record the presence and activities of the county’s wild mammals, particularly
otters, badgers, water voles and the small mammals (like mice, shrews and voles).
These records are vital to help protect the county’s wilder (but in some cases not
so wild) places from illegal interference and land development – we are consulted
by developers concerning our records of mammal species on a particular site.
We’re also involved in monitoring the changes in mammal populations following changes
in land use – for example we look at the increase (or decrease) in small mammal numbers
when new woodlands or new wetlands are being created.
Our records can also be instrumental in the creation of, for example, badger tunnels
under new roads when a badger sett is otherwise being cut off from the badgers’ normal
One important aspect of our work is the raising of public awareness about the county’s
mammals – to that end we supply speakers on badgers, otters and so on to a range
of organisations (to any group that asks) and we take stands at relevant conservation
events, county shows, village events, etc.
Training of new members, members of other groups and members of the public is arranged
and undertaken – this is practical- and classroom-based – we cover work on badgers,
otters, water voles and small mammals mainly.
We are also frequently called upon to advise members of the public and others on
a wide variety of issues relating to mammals and their habitats – the main ones seem
to be about badgers and gardens!
WHERE DO WE MEET ?
Normal Group ‘business’ meetings (to arrange events and surveys, to talk about finance,
to receive reports) take place in member’s houses at around quarterly intervals.
For the Annual General Meeting we find a bigger venue and have a speaker. For the
annual Christmas event (a quiz night with food and drink) we find a suitable place
which supplies the food and drink – (a member supplies the quiz).
Our surveys and the other events (like talks and shows) can take place nearly anywhere
in the county – wherever and whenever they’re needed.
Occasionally we arrange a series of illustrated talks by eminent mammologists – these
are somewhere central in the county and are open to the public – again aiming to
raise awareness about mammals.
HOW DO I JOIN IN ?
Just join the Group and come along! We have a joining fee (of £5) rather than an
annual membership sub (saves paperwork) and every few years we check that everyone
on the mailing list still wishes to be on it – if no reply then their name is taken
If you have some experience of working with mammals – that’s good but not absolutely
necessary! If you have no experience don’t let that stop you – we are nearly all
amateurs plus a few professional mammal people and we are very willing to pass on
our knowledge and experience to newcomers – the more the merrier! Please email the
group (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about joining, or download
the membership form
If you have seen a wildlife incident that you think needs reporting, click here to
let us know.