Mammal Bioblitz

A hedgehog wandering through grass

It’s all about mammals large and small at Ravenscar between Sunday 21 and Sunday 28 October.

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

A bottlenose dolphin playfully breaches the waves
A bottlenose dolphin playfully breaches the waves on its back
A bottlenose dolphin playfully breaches the waves

The week starts with 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. 

Then you can drop in on a Marine mammal watch from the cliff tops, where experts will help you catch a glimpse of whales, dolphins or porpoises.

A young grey seal basks in the sun on Ravenscar's rocky shore
A young grey seal basks on rocks in the sun
A young grey seal basks in the sun on Ravenscar's rocky shore

The following weekend begins with a small mammal trapping session. A rare chance for close up views of voles, mice and perhaps shrews too, as you help capture vital information on Ravenscar’s small mammal population. On the final day, you can round off Mammal Week showing how much you care by building a hedgehog house for your own garden.

Where events are free, donations will be gratefully received and go directly towards conservation work on the Yorkshire coast. 


For full details of each event, please visit our what’s on page. If you still have any questions, you can get in touch with our ranger Bill by email: bill.blake@nationaltrust.org.uk or phone: 01723 870 423.