We undertake regular monitoring surveys of wildlife such as bats, red squirrels and other small mammals living with the grounds of the Knowsley Estate, with a view to increasing population numbers through habitat restoration and management.
Red squirrels were once widespread across the whole of the UK however the loss of suitable pine forest habitats and the introduction of the Grey squirrel in the late 1870’s have significantly reduced numbers to small, fragmented populations. Within Merseyside, red squirrels still remain along the Sefton coastline and surrounding areas including the grounds of the Knowsley Estate. In association with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, we are working to create a safehaven for the native red squirrels that still remain in this area through research into disease prevention and grey control, habitat management and long-term population monitoring. More information about the Red Squirrel project can be found here.
Over the past century, UK bat populations have declined due to human disturbance, lack of food sources, and habitat loss. With assistance from the Merseyside & West Lancashire Bat Group, we have discovered a number of regionally important species that live within the Knowsley Estate and utilise the range of resources we have here using a range of bat recording devices and equipment. As part of our long-term bat population monitoring project excitingly in 2013 we trialled a new detector which identified the calls of the Nathusius’ pipistrelle, a rarely recorded species in the UK. To find out how to join the Merseyside & West Lancashire Bat Group click here
In association with experts from the Merseyside & West Lancashire Mammal Group, we also undertake population monitoring of small native mammals across the Estate, in order to learn more about their distribution and establish how we can support populations of vulnerable species such as Hedgehogs and Brown Hares.
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We would love to hear about the native species found living in your area – why not drop by our Facebook or Twitter page and upload a photo!
If you haven’t already, make sure you upload your findings to the Merseyside BioBank as your data will help to identify wildlife hotspots and assist with wider biodiversity conservation.