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British Wildlife Guide


There are apparently 53 species of mammal in the UK although I appear to have exceeded this total with help from visitors from around the net.

Insectivores Native / Introduced Details
Hedgehog (European)    
Mole (European)    
Pygmy Shrew    
Common Shrew    
Water shrew    
Dormouse (Common)    
Edible Dormouse Introduced  
Fat Dormouse (glis glis)    
Harvest Mouse    
House mouse    
Bank Vole    
Short tailed or field vole    
Water Vole    
Yellow necked mouse    
Wood mouse    
Squirrell (Grey) Introduced from North America  
Squirrell (Red)    
Rat (Black) Introduced  
Rat (Brown) Introduced  
Rabbit and Hares    
Rabbit Introduced in middle ages  
Brown Hare    
Mountain Hare    
American mink Introduced accidentally Destructive to natural wildlife.
Pine Marten    
Otter (Eurasian River)    
Badger (European)    
Wild cat    
Seal (common)    
Seal (Grey)    
Deer (Fallow) Introduced  
Deer (Roe)    
Deer (Red)    
Deer (Sika) Introduced from Japan in 1860  
Deer (muntjac also known as Chinese Water deer,
Chinese Muntjac or Barking Deer)
Introduced in early 20th century  
Bat (lesser Horseshoe)    
Bat (greater horseshoe)    
Bat (Daubenton's)    
Bat (serotine)    
Bat (Natterer's)    
Bat (long eared)    
Bat (Noctule)    
Bat (Pipestrelle)   This is the smallest bat found in Britain. There are
three species of Pipestrelle Bat, – Common pipistrelle, Soprano pipistrelle and Nathusius’s pipistrelle.
Bat (large mouse eared)   This was the largest bat found in Britain. Extinct in Britain since 1991.
Bat ( Whiskered Bat )    
Bat (Leislers Bat )    
Bat ( Grey Long Eared Bat )    
Bat (Brown Long Eared Bat )    
Bat (Barbastelle Bat)    
Bat (Bechsteins Bat)    
Bat (Brandts Bat)    
Whales & Dolphins    
Whale (minke)    
Common Dolphin    
Bottle-nosed dolphin    
Harbour Porpoise    



There are 8 species of amphibians in the Uk.

  1. Newt (smooth)

  2. Newt (crested)

  3. Newt (palmate)

  4. Toad (common)

  5. Toad (natterjack)

  6. Frog (common)

  7. Frog (edible) Introduced species

  8. Frog (marsh) Introduced species


There are 6 species of reptile in the UK.

  1. Lizard (common or viviparous)

  2. Lizard (slow worm)

  3. Lizard (sand) now very rare

  4. Snake (grass)

  5. Snake (smooth)

  6. Snake (adder) The only poisonous snake in Britain


  1. Hedge brown

  2. Peacock

  3. Large Copper

  4. Chalkhill Blue

  5. Orange Tip

  6. Large white

  7. Small White

  8. Green veined white

  9. Wood White

  10. Brimstone

  11. Clouded Yellow

  12. Small Tortoiseshell

  13. Red Admiral

  14. White Admiral

  15. Comma

  16. Painted Lady

Extinct Animals of Britain

  1. Irish Elk (Before Roman times)

  2. Lynx (Before Roman Times)

  3. Aurochs (giant wild cattle) (Before Roman Times)

  4. Brown Bears (10th century)

  5. Wolf (England 16th century. Scotland & Ireland 18th century)

  6. Beaver (12th century)

  7. Wild Boar (18th century)





Last Updated 04/02/2001