Mammal Atlas appeal to motorists

Warning signs mark places where otters regularly cross the road
Warning signs mark places where otters regularly cross the road

Motorists are being urged to note what roadkill they spot to support the Mammal Atlas.

Throughout our country roads, roadkill is sadly not an uncommon sight across the North-east.

If people note down what they see this can help towards a major project in recording the mammals of the area.

Around one million animals are killed on the roads in the UK in each year, according to the People’s Trust for Endangered Species. If even a fraction of roadkills were recorded by the public this would greatly increase the coverage of the mammal atlas records being collected.

For your record to be entered into the Mammal Atlas there needs to be four types of information including what type of species you saw, where you saw it, the date you saw it, and finally who saw the animal.

Pictures can be sent to NESBReC even if you are not sure what the animal is. If you are stopping to take pictures, make sure you pull over in a safe area so you are not obstructing traffic.

NESBReC manager, Glenn Roberts, said: “By sending in records of roadkill, as well as contributing to the Mammal Atlas, people can help to identify where there may be hotspots or issues with particular species. This information can then be used by local councils to implement mechanisms to reduce wildlife deaths.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning & Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “Nobody likes to see roadkill at the side of the road, but if recording what you see can help the Mammal Atlas, that has to be a good thing. This is a great opportunity for everyone who uses the North-east roads to take part in what will be a significant study for this area.”

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