Current projects

All over Europe people are working hard to preserve wild mammal populations. Here we give an overview of what happens. Click the markers on the map for more information.

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To fill knowledge gaps in the distribution of mammals in Ukraine, the Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine organises a 14-days camp in the Zakarpatska Region in summer 2019. The Zakarpatska Region is on the border of Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. The collected data will be used for the first Mammal Atlas of Ukraine and the second edition of the Atlas of European mammals.

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In Ukraine more than 120 mammal species are resident, but no one has an overal view of their distribution, let alone know how their populations are doing. The information is scattered in (note) books, data files and museum collections, or it is simply missing.

In this project forces are joined to gather all available information about the occurrence of mammals in Ukraine in one database.

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Not much is known about wild mammals in Montenegro. Also, only a few biologists in Montenegro actively study wild mammals. Both aspects hamper effective conservation of wild mammals in Montenegro. Knowledge and conservation are needed because the pressure on land and wildlife in Montenegro is increasing due to the economic growth in the country. One of the areas under pressure is the Ramsar site Tivat Saline, in the Bay of Boka Kotorska.

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Distributional atlases remain a fundamental tool for research and conservation. Whilst most conservation delivery is at a national level, it is important that a broader picture of the distribution of species is available to help set context and priorities.

The first Atlas of European Mammals was published in 1999. Data collection for the second atlas started in 2017.

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Biodiversity in Southeastern Europe is one of the highest in Europe, but is threatened by rapid economic developments. It is important that there are strong organisations to preserve the diversity of mammals. In addition, it is important to exchange knowledge and experience in the field of mammalian conservation. Not only for Southeastern Europe, but also for Western Europe.

Representatives of mammal research and conservation organisations from 10 Balkan countries will meet and discuss possibilities to give mammal conservation in Southeastern Europe a stronger position.

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In the Western Polissia, Ukraine, natural underground shelters for bats are absent but instead artificial underground constructions (old military fortress and castles) are very important for bats. It is generally believed that populations of bats have declined in recent decades, largely due to increasing  recreational, tourist and speleological pressure. In order to stop the decline of bat populations, we identiied key underground places and we will lobby for the conservation of these sites. - Read more -

Forests occupy 40.2% of the Ukrainian Carpathians (Western Ukraine) and harbour about 20 forest bat species. Many of these species are under threat and six are listed in the Ukranian Red data book. Hence, forestry has a responsibility for the conservation of these species. - Read more -

In Europe 5 dormice occur – Garden dormouse, Fat dormouse, Hazel dormouse, Forest Dormouse and the Mouse-tailed dormouse (Myomimus roachi) – one of the rarest dormouse and rodent species in the Western Palearctic.
It occurs only in a small area in Bulgaria and Turkey and several isolated locations in western Anatolia. May be it occurs also in Greece. But that is not known! - Read more -

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