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
Greater Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum

The thick fur of the greater horseshoe bat is coloured ash grey on the top and a buff colour... more

Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus

Large ears and protruding eyes, together with dark sandy brown upper parts and white under belly... more

Black Rat Rattus rattus

The Black Rat has a pointed nose, large ears and a slender body when compared to the Brown Rat (... more

Natterer's Bat Myotis nattereri

The Natterer's bat has long fluffy fur that is grey/brown on its back and whitish on its... more

Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus

The Brown rat has coarse, grey-brown fur with a thick scaly tail, which is always shorter than... more

Identification of British Mammals

Hydropotes inermis
Nyctalus noctula
Pipistrellus pipistrellus
Castor fiber


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.