All mammals large and small

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It’s all about mammals large and small at Ravenscar, with free events for all ages running between Saturday and a week on Sunday (Oct 29).

Inspired by The Mammal Society’s National Mammal Week, National Trust rangers have teamed up with other conservation organisations and local wildlife enthusiasts to create events and activities to put UK mammals in the spotlight.

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National Trust ranger on the Yorkshire Coast, Bill Blake said: “We’re hoping lots of people will come along and get involved.

“It’s a fantastic chance to learn about local wildlife, ask lots of questions and have a go at some practical activities too.

“UK mammals are under increasing pressure from habitat destruction and other threats.

“We want to help people reconnect with nature and find out how they can become a champion for mammal conservation in their own way, perhaps even as close to home as their garden. National Mammal Week is the perfect time to do this.”

The Mammal Bioblitz begins on Saturday and Sunday with a weekend-long Marine Mammal Watch. Visitors can team up with experts to scan the waves from the cliff tops at Peak Alum Works for a glimpse of whales, dolphins or porpoises.

All sightings will be recorded and will help efforts to protect marine mammals in the future.

Later in the week you can create a home for wildlife. On Wednesday, rangers would love some help building bat boxes to be put up in Bluebell Wood at Ravenscar, while a week on Saturday, you can make a hedgehog house for your own garden (£10 per house).

Next Thursday, The Hawk and Owl Trust will be running a workshop at Ravenscar Visitor Centre dissecting owl pellets to discover what small mammals have been on the menu – a fascinating experience for any budding nature detective.

Then it’s back to the sea that afternoon for a ranger-led guided walk to visit Ravenscar’s seal colony, learning about their lives and the challenges facing them on this rocky stretch of the Yorkshire coast along the way.

The week draws to a close with a small mammal trapping session at the Alum Works a week on Sunday. Led by Ann and Rob from the Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership, this is a rare chance for close up views of voles, mice and perhaps shrews too, as participants help capture vital information on Ravenscar’s small mammal population.

All events are free (except Make a Hedgehog House).

Donations will be gratefully received and go directly towards conservation work on the Yorkshire coast.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/yorkshire-coast for full details of each event.

Booking is not needed.

If you still have any questions, you can get in touch with National Trust ranger Bill by email: bill.blake@nationaltrust.org.uk or call: 01723 870423.