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Worcestershire Mammal Group was born on a chilly December evening in 2015 by a rag-tag bunch of amateur and professional naturalists*.

*Otherwise known as: James Hitchcock, Simon Wood, Johnny Birks, Poppy Morris, Josh Humphreys and Rich Brennan – our founding members.

Huddled around drinks and snacks in the corner of a Malvern public house, they cunningly devised the following aims:

Learn

Learn about the mammals of Worcestershire. Gain new skills through our training events and surveys.

Record

Submit online records with mammal activity you’ve observed. Your records enrich our understanding of Worcestershire’s mammals and their distribution.

Promote

We want to raise the profile of mammals in Worcestershire. We need your support in learning to understand and care for our mammal population.

This led to the fruition of the first event in January 2016, the hugely successful Great Feckenham Mouse Hunt!

Who Are We?

We’re a friendly bunch of folk on the Worcestershire Mammal Group committee. We have our general roles but we also like to chip in when and where it’s needed and help each other to make the most of the group.

Charlotte Long – Co-Chairperson, Survey Lead

Charlie works as an ecologist and botanist and enjoys learning about mammals and discovering new places around Worcestershire in the process. She particularly loves scrambling up and down the woods of the Malvern Hills, where she lives, in search of dormice and other small mammals.

Dominique Cragg – Co-Chairperson, Minutes & Records Secretary

Dom works for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust managing 20 of their nature reserves in the west of Worcestershire. A birder at heart, mammals are a fairly new discovery but one that has captivated her since she went to her first dormouse survey 8 years ago! A good chunk of British mammals are still yet to be seen, but spotting tracks and signs is almost as rewarding and awakens a skillset that we use very rarely in the modern world.

Jane Sedgeley-Strachan – Events Organiser

You scat my back... and I'll scat yours!

Katie Lloyd – Membership Secretary

Katie is a conservation biologist and land management adviser, and is interested in habitat and land use change impacts on mammal populations. Her first experience of mammal work was surveying for wildcats in the Scottish Highlands. She has since enjoyed getting to grips with the less elusive mammals of Worcestershire, and she can mainly be found roaming in the Wyre Forest.

Andrew Tillson-Willis – Social Media (& a bit of everything else!)

Jennifer Lloyd-Pain – Treasurer

Jen is a self-employed wildlife conservation educator who enjoys doing a bit of survey work too. She’s always been fascinated with animals, and didn’t realise when she was a kid that all that observing and making lists was actually called recording! She loves to be outside learning with, and from, other people. Although Jen finds all mammals interesting, she is especially drawn to rodents and just about anything to do with badgers.

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