The term wetlands is used to define a variety of habitats that include water bodies such as rivers and streams, canals, lakes and ponds, but also habitats that are characterised by permanent or temporarily wet soils. Here we are focusing on marshland including swamps, reedbeds, marshes, floodplain meadows and wet woodland.
These areas provide a unique refuge for a wealth of plants and animals: a complex ecosystem which helps sustain life not just in the wetlands themselves, but in their surrounding habitats. In terms of mammals, they provide food, commuting routes, and places to rest and rear young. There are a number of mammals that will visit marshes such as some of our native bat species (especially Daubenton’s Bats, Nathusius’ Pipistrelle and Soprano Pipistrelle), fox, badger and harvest mouse amongst others.
If you learn the characteristic signs and look closely you too can find evidence of mammal presence around a wetlands especially in muddy areas where footprints are easily found.