A new report by the Mammal Society shows that many of Scotland’s mammals are facing a fight for survival. Commenting on the report our Director of Conservation Susan Davies said:
Our Director Conservation Susan Davies said: “Scotland would be a very different place without charismatic mammals such as red squirrels and hedgehogs. We owe it to future generations to work to ensure their survival.
“It is clear from this report that some mammals including the Scottish wildcat and water vole still need urgent help to survive, and that we still lack enough information about many mammals to be able to be certain about their conservation status.
“However, there is also much to celebrate, including the recent stabilisation of red squirrel numbers, and the welcome return of otters, beavers and pine martens. These success stories show how concerted action can bring species back from the brink.
“Many mammals have large ranges so takes work at a landscape scale to improve their fortunes. We believe that this would be best achieved by focusing efforts through a new National Ecological Network, resurrecting Scotland’s Land Use Strategy, and by re-directing future agricultural payments towards practices that encourage greater biodiversity, among other public goods.”