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Re: Polecat at Steart

We at SERC [Somerset Environmental Records Centre] are certainly interested in all things Somerset. We have arrangements with organisation such as the Vincent Wildlife Trust to pass data to them. This ensures that data does not get duplicated. A number of years ago we worked with VWT on Stoats and Weasels in the county.
I can tell you that a population of non ferret cross Polecats is know to exist further to the east but as had been said it is an under recorded species that has been spreading across the county in the last 10 years moving south and west.

Just as a note there are about 100 terrestrial mammals in the UK. SERC has records of 14,011 species in Somerset. Please send us your non bird records.

Tony Price
Data Manager, SERC

Re: Polecat at Steart

Interesting article in British Wildlife Vol 20, no 4 april 2009 237 -244. The Polecat in Britian -continuing recovery.

Amongst other things information there about differences between true Polecat and interbreeding, (Polecat-ferret).

Havn't checked VWT website but they feature heavily in the article, presumably some information on their website about pure polecat and interbreeding.