Red squirrel ( GWCT’s mammal research divides between the ecology of the game species (the two species of hare), the impacts of mammal species on habitats and the conservation ecology of game species (deer), and the ecology of predators and pests (foxes and grey squirrels). The GWCT’s pioneering work on mink removal, made possible by our invention of the mink raft, has revolutionised the ability of conservation groups to remove mink from huge areas. In Scotland, a very large area of Cairngorm has now been kept mink free.

Another stream to our mammal work involves methods of trapping, particularly ensuring traps follow high standards of animal welfare and minimise non-target catches.


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