Senior Ecologist Vicky Armitage, a founder member of the Northumbria Mammal Group, has recently contributed to an important new publication – the culmination of an ambitious project to produce a book about the mammals of North East England. It is the first account of all the mammal species across the region since 1864 – a gap of 150 years. The publication summarises the status of each species in North East England at the beginning of the twenty first century. In addition to mammals, the publication also includes accounts of reptile and amphibian species.
Vicky, based in the Newcastle office of BSG Ecology, was responsible for writing the chapter on the American mink, a species which she studied as part of her PhD.
Although the publication is not meant to be used as a definitive distribution atlas, each species account includes a distribution map showing the current known distribution and, in relevant cases, historical distribution.
Twenty-nine naturalists have described the current and historic status of the sixty-three species found in the region, plus further details of rare, vagrant, extinct and escaped species. Species accounts are accompanied by maps and drawings by local artists.
Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles of the North East has been produced by the Northumbria Mammal Group and was published by the Natural History Society of Northumbria as volume 73 of its Transactions, in December 2012. Copies can be obtained here.
Enquiries about American mink can be addressed to Vicky at BSG Ecology’s Newcastle office – 0191 303 8964
For enquiries concerning protected species, please contact the nearest of our regional offices.