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Mammals of the North East

The current and historic status of 63 mammal species found in the region, plus further details of rare, vagrant, extinct and escaped mammals.

Grey Seal, Farne Islands © Sven Roden

Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles of the North East was published by the Northumbria Mammal Group in December 2012. In it, 29 naturalists have described the current and historic status of the 63 species found in the region, plus further details of rare, vagrant, extinct and escaped species. Species accounts are accompanied by distribution maps and drawings by local artists.

This timely and authoritative account of the past history, present status and future prospects of our most charismatic animals is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the wildlife of our region” – Dr. Phil Gates, Naturalist and Guardian Country Diarist.

Copies cost £10 (plus £3.50 packing and postage) and can be purchased by clicking here.

In order to make this information more widely available and to up-date it as new sightings are reported we have created an online version. You can find out about each mammal species, or group of species, by clicking the links the below:


Geographical Context


Introduction to Carnivores of the North East

Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

Badger Meles meles

Otter Lutra lutra

Pine Marten Martes martes

Stoat Mustela erminea

Weasel Mustela nivalis

Polecat Mustela putorius

American Mink Neovison vison

Ungulates (hoofed mammals)

Introduction to the ungulates of the North East

Muntjac Muntiacus reevesi

Red Deer Cervus elaphus

Fallow Deer Dama dama

Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus

Feral Goat Capra hircus

Chillingham Cattle Bos taurus


Introduction to bats of the North East

Whiskered Bat Myotis mystacinus

Brandt’s Bat Myotis brandtii

Daubenton’s Bat Myotis daubentonii

Natterer’s Bat Myotis nattereri

Leisler’s Bat Nyctalus leisleri

Noctule Nyctalus noctula

Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellu

Soprano Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pygmaeus

Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Pipistrellus Nathusii

Brown Long-eared Bat Plecotus auritus

Vagrant Bat Species

Small Mammals

Introduction to small mammals of the North East

Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Brown Hare Lepus europaeus

Mountain Hare Lepus timidus

Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

Hazel Dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius

Field or Short-Tailed Vole Microtus agrestis

Bank Vole Myodes glareolus

Water Vole Arvicola amphibius

Harvest Mouse Micromys minutus

Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus

Yellow-Necked Mouse Apodemus flavicollis

House Mouse Mus domesticus

Common Rat Rattus norvegicus

Ship Rat Rattus rattus

European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus

Mole Talpa europaea

Common Shrew Sorex Araneus

Pygmy Shrew Sorex minutus

Water Shrew Neomys fodiens

Marine Mammals

Introduction to marine mammals of the North East

Grey Seal Halichoerus grypous

Harbour or Common Seal Phoca vitulina

Vagrant seal species

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena

Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis

White Beaked Dolphin Lagenorhynchus albirostris

Risso’s Dolphin Grampus griseus

Killer Whale Orcinus orca

Vagrant Cetaceans 

Extinct Mammals

Escaped Mammals

Reptiles and Amphibians