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Blagdon Lake Birds

Annotated Site Mammal List [2016 Revision]

I have taken this list from the Mammal Society website, but modified the Order Chiroptera (Bats) in line with that given in Dietz, 2011. All records are my own unless stated, so any inaccuracy is entirely down to me. If anyone has records they'd like to include, please contact me and I will insert and acknowledge them accordingly. Links will be added to species names (e.g. Lesser Noctule/Leisler's Bat) to give more information both in a general sense, and specifically relating to Blagdon Lake, as I continue to build the website.


Class Mammalia

Order Eulipotyphla (Insectivores)

    • West European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus Linnaeus 1758. 6th Aug. 2011 (N.R. Milbourne). Extremely rare.
    • European Mole Talpa europaea Linnaeus 1758. 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.
    • Eurasian Common Shrew Sorex araneus Linnaeus, 1758. 2008 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.
    • Eurasian Pygmy Shrew Sorex minutus  Linnaeus, 1766. 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.
    • Eurasian Water Shrew Neomys fodiens Pennant, 1771. 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Extremely rare.

Sub-total 5 spp.


Order Lagomorpha (Rabbits & hares)

    • European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus (Linnaeus, 1758). 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.
    • Brown Hare Lepus europaeus Pallas, 1778. 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.

Sub-total 2 spp.


Order Rodentia (Rodents)

    • Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis Gmelin, 1788. 2017 (Nigel Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • Hazel Dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius (Linnaeus, 1758). Extremely rare. One found during a survey for Bristol Water at the Pumping Station.
    • Bank Vole Myodes glareolus Schreber, 1780. 2010 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.
    • Field Vole Microtus agrestis (Linnaeus, 1761). 2008 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.
    • Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus (Linnaeus, 1758). 2012 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.
    • Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769). 2011 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.

 Sub-total 6 spp.


Order Carnivora (Carnivores)

    • Red Fox Vulpes vulpes (Linnaeus, 1758). 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • Eurasian Badger Meles meles (Linnaeus, 1758). 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • European Otter Lutra lutra (Linnaeus, 1758). 2006 (N.R. Milbourne). Scarce.
    • Stoat Mustela erminea
      • Stoat Mustela erminea  erminea Linnaeus, 1758. 22nd June 2005 (N.R. Milbourne). Scarce.
    • Weasel Mustela nivalis Linnaeus, 1766. 2002 (N.R. Milbourne). Very scarce.
    • American Mink Neovison vison (Schreber, 1777). 2014 (N.R. Milbourne). Uncommon.

 Sub-total 6 spp.


Order Artiodactyla (Even-toed ungulates)

    • Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus (Linnaeus, 1758). 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Fairly common.
    • Reeves’ Muntjac Deer Muntiacus reevesi  (Ogilby, 1839). 2nd June 2021 (N.R. Milbourne).  Extremely rare.

Sub-total 2 spp.


Order Chiroptera (Bats)

Sub-total 13 spp.

Total 34 spp.

Key to abundance:

Extremely rare - five or less records

Very rare - twenty or less records

Rare - less than annual; many years between records

Very scarce - less than annual; typically every 2 or 3 years

Scarce - very small numbers virtually every year

Uncommon - recorded in low numbers each year

Fairly common - occurs in reasonable numbers

Common - regularly occurs in good numbers

Abundant - occurs in large numbers


Bibliography (Sources of information)

Dietz, C., Helverson, O. von, Nill, D. 2009. Bats of Britain, Europe and Northwest Africa. A&C Black Publishers Ltd., London.

Mammal Society website list.

National Biodiversity Network Gateway

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