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  • National Owl Pellet Survey – The Mammal Society
  • Polecats WANTED!
  • Stag Beetle Records – Live and dead
  • Wanted: Records of UK's Reptiles & Amphibians
  • Wildlife Dead Bodies and Transport – WVIC Truro

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South Essex Wildlife Hospital is a rescue, rehabilitation and public advice charity officially formed in 1995 by Sue Schwar as a result of there being no alternative wildlife facility in the area.

No sick, injured or orphaned animal is turned away, requiring that the hospital operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our charity has been donated 3 acres of land on which to build a new hospital, as after 20 years we have out grown our existing accommodation. This land is within the green belt making it ideal for the care and release of many of the 10,000 patients per year that the hospital currently rescues.

Sadly some of the council planning officers do not consider our cause to be exceptional as they have denied us planning permission jeopardising the future of our charity.

Please add your details to our petition appealing against the council's decision and thus supporting SEWH’s vital work enabling it to continue for many years to come.


The Mammal Society National Owl Pellet Survey started in January 1993 and is still continuing.The survey which is organised by Alasdair Love analyses batches of owl pellets from throughout the UK.  Owls are highly efficient birds of prey, and small mammals provide a large part of their diet, particularly for the barn owl. The owl can digest the soft tissues of the prey but not the bones, teeth, claws or fur. These indigestible remains are formed into a pellet and expelled back through the mouth. Pellets form a valuable source of information about the diets of owls and, indirectly, about changes in small mammal populations.

How you can help?

The success of this survey depends on volunteers collecting and sending pellets to the Project Co-ordinator for analysis. To support the investigations of seasonal variations in availabilities, and the variations between locations and habitat types, the pellets should be collected monthly. If this is not possible, then other collection periods will be gratefully received. Samples should be as large as possible. The contributor will receive a report on each batch sent, giving details of the contents of the batch and brief comments on the results. To date this has been a well supported survey, but we do need batches of pellets from more locations particularly from Scotland, Wales and South West and North England.

Alasdair has just produced a comprehensive report on the results to-date. Click on the link to see the report, which will open in a new window.
If you can provide pellets or analyses of your own data, then please contact:

R. Alasdair Love,
4 Laurel Way,
Totteridge, London N20 8HP.


 Help with The Mammal Society and The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) Polecat Distribution Survey 2004-2006. This survey, run by The Mammal Society and The Vincent Wildlife Trust, is using road casualties to record the current distribution of the polecat in Britain and identify any continued expansion of its range since the last survey (1993-1997).

In the first year of the survey, true polecats have been recorded in 141 10 km squares in Britain. However, there are still several areas of the country where polecats are known to exist but records from these areas are limited. 

If you would like to help with this survey and perhaps help fill in some of the gaps in the distribution of this species, all you need to do is to look for dead polecats on the roads. 

What to do if you see a dead polecat on the road: 

Pick the body up - and keep it cool (ideally deep-frozen)

Phone the VWT on 01531 636 441 (office hours) for instructions. You may be asked to photograph the body or to post it in packaging supplied by the VWT.

Record the date you found it, the six figure grid reference, the apparent cause of death and keep these details with the body along with your name.

Please also remember to send all these details to your County Mammal Recorder (contact details available from The Mammal Society).

Most importantly when collecting bodies from the road please ensure that you do not compromise your own safety or that of other road users.

You can download more details in an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file.

Some preliminary results are now available in the Survey Newsletter as an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file.

The stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), is Britain's largest beetle. It is found mainly in the South of England, with three main populations being centred around Ipswich, the New Forest and the London area. At this time the numbers appear to be declining, and the stag beetle is now a protected species.

DEAD stag beetle

 Please send them to the stag beetle helpline ASAP. If they are too old and decomposed not all data will be able to be gathered from them. Please email for address.

LIVE stag beetle

If you find a live stag beetle please carefully measure it, then fill in the stag beetle monitor form. Then put it back in the exact place you found it! The only time you should ever move a stag beetle is for its own safety. The safest way for you and the stag beetle is to gently pick it up around the abdomen. 

For more information on the project go to Organisation Wildlife Specific

Reptiles & Amphibians of the UK have provided an on-line submission form to make the process of telling us about what you have seen as straightforward as possible. The form requires a valid email address as our reference of who submitted the record.

 A Record is a description of WHAT was seen, WHEN it was seen and WHERE. It is also useful to know WHO saw the animal so that we can follow up reports of endangered species and verify records.

WHAT: The species observed, whether it was an adult, juvenile, larva or egg and how many

WHEN: The date and time of your sighting

WHERE: A GB grid reference or a post code if the animal was spotted in your garden, it is also useful to know the nearest town and the name of the site such as your local nature reserve

WHO: Who made the observation 

Records are forwarded to the relevant county recorders and recording centres

Submission form link:

For more information on RAUK go to organisation Wildlife – General

The Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre is run by Vic & Jane Simpson. The Centre has three main objectives: 

1) To investigate incidents of wildlife mortality, such as where numbers of animals are reported dead or dying.

2) To monitor the health status of wildlife, especially those species in decline or threatened.

3)  To examine healthy specimens and build a database of normal values. These include things like body weight, organ size, tissue trace element levels and blood counts. 

Vic needs your help in supplying wildlife casualties and local people to transport bodies to the centre.

For wildlife casualties call Vic directly on 01872 560 623 Truro, Cornwall. Specimens must be examined whilst they are fresh. 




 For more information on WVIC go to Organisation info Wildlife – General