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
Serotine Bat Eptesicus serotinus

The Serotine bat is one of the largest bats found in the UK. It has long fur that is dark to... more

Water Shrew Neomys fodiens

A black coat with silvery-white underparts, white ear tips and eyebrows, with a medium length... more

Bank Vole Myodes glareolus

As the UK's smallest vole, the adult Bank Vole has a ruddy-brown coat with a rounded, mouse-like... more

Leisler's Bat Nyctalus leisleri

A medium sized bat with short blackish brown fur on its back that turns a reddish colour towards... more

Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Short brown/greyish fur tinged orange at the nape, with a short black tipped white tail and long... more

Identification of British Mammals

Sorex araneus
Nyctalus leisleri
Hydropotes inermis
Myotis daubentoni


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.