Carsington Mammal Project

This is a joint initiative between Derbyshire Mammal Group and Severn Trent Water. The project aims to collect data on all mammal species around Carsington Water. Data will increase our information on mammals in Derbyshire and help STW to manage the site to benefit native mammal species. All events are open to Derbyshire Mammal Group members.

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Carsington Water. Photo: Debbie Court

Ben Young, Ranger at Carsington Water writes...

Carsington Water is Severn Trent Water's flagship visitor site and a haven for biodiversity. However, relatively little is known about its mammal populations. Even a question as simple as 'which mammals are found at Carsington Water?' cannot be answered with accuracy, as few historical records exist and no co-ordinated surveying, monitoring or recording has been carried out since the site opened. This poses a number of questions for Severn Trent Water in terms of habitat creation, development and ongoing management for mammals, which the Carsington Mammal project is looking to answer.

It is intended that the project be wide-ranging and comprehensive and thus it has several aims. The initial aim is to confirm which mammal species are present and where. This information will then be used in the long-term to:

Inform and tailor ongoing management, both to benefit existing mammal populations and to encourage colonisation by mammal species not yet present;

Water shrew. Photo: Derek Whiteley

Act as a baseline from which to monitor the impacts of specific management practices on mammal populations.

This project ties in with and complements other mammal related studies and work being carried out at Carsington Water, for example with the Derbyshire Bat Consevation Group, as well as tying in with national studies being undertaken by The Mammal Society, for example, the Water Shrew survey.

It is also using a number of innovative techniques for trapping and monitoring mammals, including mink rafts and baited water shrew tubes, as well as the more traditional Longworth Traps.