Polecats – seen any in Wiltshire recently??

Vincent Wildlife Trust are still keen to receive records of Polecats and Polecat-ferrets, whether dead or alive, for their National Polecat Survey. Polecats appear to be widespread but uncommon in Wiltshire. The most frequent records are of those killed on the roads, particularly busy roads such as the A303, but a lucky few have seen live animals, including young families in Wiltshire in recent years. Any records will contribute to the National Polecat Survey as well as the Wiltshire Mammal Atlas Project.

Adult male Polecat - killed on road near Devizes September 2015
Adult male Polecat – killed on road near Devizes September 2015

During the autumn, young animals are dispersing from their breeding grounds, and may be more readily recorded. [Image: Adult male Polecat, killed on busy road near Devizes, 26th September 2015. (Gareth Harris, Wiltshire Mammal Group)]

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