There are 63 species of mammal recorded in Cornwall which include 5 endemic species found on the Isles of Scilly such as the rare Lesser White-toother Shrew (Crocidura suaveolens), known locally as the Scilly Shrew.
ERCCIS has a long history working with local recording groups like the Cornwall Mammal Group, the Cornwall Bat Group, and the Marine Strandings Network to encourage recording at local community level and raise awareness of mammals found in Cornwall.
The Mammals of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly atlas published in 2013 is an excellent guide to any recorder or mammal enthusiast. With 56 species accounts (including 12 of the more commonly recorded marine mammals) with distribution maps, descriptions, tracks and survey, ecology and biology accounts this guide has so much to offer experts and novises alike.
33 species of marine mammal have been recorded in Cornwall including whales, dolphins, porpoise and seals. Cornwall is a hotspot for marine mammal activity for the UK, and inclused the frist and second European sighting of a Bowhead Whale in 2015 and 2016. Groups such as the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust Seaquest SW work to encourage recording and conseravtion of these species in the County.
How to identify
Local Groups and Recording Schemes
The Cornwal Bat Group is a group of volunteers, professionals and English Nature licensed wardens and always welcome new members with any level of knowledge.
Submit your sightings and photos of Bottlenose Dolphins as part of the SW Bottlenose Dolphin Photo ID Project