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Surveys Mountain Hare Survey - New


Not sure about Uist but Mountain Hares can apparently be found in North Harris

Mountain Hare Survey launched today

For the past several months BTO have been working with NatureScot, the Mammal Society, James Hutton Institute and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust on a new survey which aims to improve our understanding of Mountain Hares and upland birds in Scotland. The project launched today.

BTO would like volunteers to use the Mammal Mapper app on their smartphones to record the animals that they see while they're in the uplands. The survey runs year-round and can be done at any time of day.

There are two ways of getting involved: 'Rambling Surveys' which you can do anywhere in Scotland, and 'Square Surveys' of particular 1km squares. These are similar to the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) in terms of method, but with many more squares to choose from.

Aspects of this survey are experimental - for example recording directly into a smartphone app. If you have limited time/energy during 'BBS season', please continue to prioritise your BBS squares. We would of course be delighted to receive any additional data that you can collect for the Mountain Hare Survey, and the flexibility with square selection, time of year and time of day may help.

You can read more on the Mountain Hare project webpage.


Mountain Hare (c) Andy Howard