British Mammals

British Mammals on Wild About Britain include the latest British mammal news, hundreds of UK mammal images in our photo gallery, lots of conversations in our mammal forums, a directory of mammal-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on UK species from the Fox and the Water Vole to the Otter and the Common Shrew

Encyclopedia of British Mammals

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Harvest Mouse Micromys minutus

Britain's smallest rodent, the Harvest Mouse yellow-brown furry upper parts and whiter... more

House Mouse Mus domesticus

Grey-brown fur, slightly paler underneath the body. Long, sparsely furred, scaly tail. Prominent... more

Field Vole Microtus agrestis

Grey-brown above, cream-grey below - more even than Bank Vole. Tail less than 40% of body length... more

Otter Lutra lutra

Otters have the typical Mustelid body shape of a long, slim body and skull with powerful jaws.... more

Weasel Mustela nivalis

With a long slender body and short tail the Weasel has gingery/russet brown fur and is the... more

Identification of British Mammals

Pipistrellus nathusii
Delphinus delphis
Halichoerus grypus
Myodes glareolus


Title Description
Altricial Refers to mammals that are born requiring close paternal care, such as Rabbits, whereas the young of Hare (leverets) don't, they are precocial.