Otters on shore in Kintyre, 08/10/21 (Dave Purchase)

Mammals

About mammals

There are between 5,500 and 6,500 species of mammals worldwide that have been identified, including 96 that have recently become extinct. Because scientific knowledge is always progressing, the ways in which these species are grouped together on the ‘tree of life’ are subject to ongoing revision and change. However, currently these species are grouped into 1,229 genera, which are themselves grouped into 153 families, which are themselves grouped into 29 orders. 

Mammals in the High Peak

For these buttons with the solid borders to work properly you will need to be registered and logged into iNaturalist. This is a free and extremely useful app. See our ‘How to record wildlife’ page for more information and tips on how to use it.

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all mammal observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all mammal observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area , as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Outside of zoos, the mammal species that you will find in and around Buxton or elsewhere in the British Isles will belong to one of the following orders (click on the links to find out more):

Mice, rats, porcupines, beavers, capybaras and other gnawing mammals

Shrews, moles, hedgehogs (and solenodons)

Apes (including humans), (and monkeys and lemurs)

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) and even-toed ungulates (including pigs, cattle, deer and giraffes)

Cats, dogs, weasels, stoats, martens, otters, badgers, (and bears, seals, wolves, lynx)

Hares and rabbits

Odd-toed ungulates, including horses, donkeys, (and zebras, tapirs and rhinoceroses)

The first six of these orders are the largest worldwide. For example, about 40% of all mammal species are rodents, and over 70% of mammal species belong to the first three orders!

Follow this link to see the current list and photo gallery of mammal species in the Buxton area recorded by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group – iNaturalist.

Information and guidance

Websites and other links