One of the UK’s best, and hardest to see, mammals in my opinion.


The Vincent Wildlife Trust is currently conducting a nationwide survey into the distribution of this most elusive and rare creature across Britain.  Historically, they were viewed as a threat to game and poultry and persecuted almost to extinction by the end of the 1950s when they were confined to areas of Wales.  Their populations were also reduced further through hunting for their fur and general habitat fragmentation from industrial development.  However, it gained protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and is now a conservation priority species for the country.

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