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THE MAMMAL SOCIETY

This site likes to promote other sites involved with wildlife and conservation, and, if you are a mammal fan this site is a must for you.

 

 The Mammal Society was established in 1954 and works to further our knowledge and understanding of mammals in the British Isles. They are the National voice for mammal conservation, working to identify the threats they face and halt declines before its to late. They provide the best scientific advise to advocate conservation policies and to inform and educate people of all ages to raise awareness of mammal conservation issues. Indeed they are the only organisation dedicated to the mammals that inhabit Britain.

The site contains a wealth of information on British mammals with links to fact files about the 60 species of mammals that occur here.

The site contains many links that include----

* A History to British mammals

* Mammal gruops

* Mammal recording and mapping

* Training and events

* Membership

* Current surveys

* Research reports

* Mammal reviews

* History of the Mammal Society

* News and Press

The Latter, at the time at the time of writing August 2011, featured among other news items--

"POLITICS NOT SCIENCE DRIVES MOVE TO CULL BADGERS"

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WATER VOLES ARE JUST ONE OF THE MAMMALS  THAT ARE BEGINNING TO BENEFIT FROM CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

 

POLITICS NOT SCIENCE DRIVES MOVE TO CULL BADGERS--BREAKING NEWS FROM THE MAMMAL SOCIETY.

The mammal society is disappointed with the result of the government's consultation announced today {July} on tracking bovine TB through a badger control policy.

CEO Marina Pacheco said--" The government's proposal to trial free shooting of badgers has been portrayed as a pilot to establish  whether it is an effective method of controlling bovine TB. However, to have any credibility this approach would need to be a controlled, randomised and replicated experiment-the proposals announced today show no indication of this being the case. This comes as no surprise though as the government has already undertaken The Randomised Badger Culling Trial {RBCT} and has chosen to ignore advise of the eminent scientists of the Independent Scientific Group who ran it"

The mammal society believes that it is unlikely that the Government will be able to prevent local extinctions of badgers while implementing their badger culling policy. Widespread vaccination of badgers would be vastly preferable to a programme of culling  use should be encouraged. Even more efficient would be a programme of vaccination for cattle, which are more easily located and handled, and are the major source of the problem.

Marina Pacheco went on to say--"Whilst the limited cull to trial free shooting methos is a small concession to the scientific and conservation community, a cull will still prove to be costly and time consuming to the farmers taking part, will be socially devisive  within rural communities and, worse of all, will not have the desired effect of reducing bovine TB amongst cattle herds" 

The Randomised Badger Culling Trial {RBCT}

The RBCT  was designed by the independent Scientific Group on Cattle {ISG}. It investigated how bovine TB {bTB} to spread between cattle, badgers and other wildlife. The first trial began in 1998 and ended in 2006. The final report was issued in JUne 2007. It reached two key conclusions. Firstly that though badgers were a source of cattle TB " Badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control; In Britain, Indeed, some policies under consideration are likely to make matters worse rather than better. Second, weaknesses in cattle testing regimes mean that cattle themselves contribute significantly to the persistence and spread of the disease in all areas where TB occurs, and in some parts of Britain are likely to be the main source of infection. Scientific findings indicate that the rising incidence of disease can be reversed, and geographical spread contained, by the rigid application of cattle based control methods alone"

The Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB, was a group of independent scientists who advised the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how best to tackle the problem of bTB. On 18th June 2007 the Scientific Group published their final report to Ministers, concluding the ISG's work on the Randomised Badger Culling Trial. As a consequence, the ISG was dissolved on 30th June 2007.

News as it is published and the Mammal Society website

Any breaking news that affects the mammals of northern England released by the Mammal Society will appear on this page. For all other information on mammals and conservation issues can be found on the Mammal Society website. Click on Links in the right hand column of this page. From there scroll down to the link to the Mammal Society website. 

March 2012--Shooting badgers is no "Magic bullet" for controlling Bovine TB. 

Mammals on the UK BAP list--JUNE_2012

The following mammals are on the Red list of conservation concern in the UK. AS such they are subject to a species action plan {SAP} to help stop and eventually reverse the decline of each species.-----

Brown Hare.**

European Hedgehog **

Harvest mouse** 

Mountain Hare

Pine Marten**

Pole cat

Red squirrel**

Wildcat.

The Mammal Society  have for sale a Book about the UK Mammal BAP  species which is available to buy direct from their website Click on the Links banner on the right hand side of this

page-- then scroll down to Mammal Society Click to view the Mammal Society website home page.

** Mammals that are featured in detail on this site. Click on the relevant content banners. 

Associated pages

Links--Mammal society website.

OTHER MAMMALS ON THIS SITE---

THE AMERICAN MINK

THE WOOD MOUSE 

RED,GREY SQUIRRELS

BROWN LONG EARED BAT

THE BROWN HARE

THE GREY SQUIRREL

THE WATER VOLE 

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