We have twenty-four native land mammal species living in England today. We used to have more, but some mammals like the wolf, lynx, buffalo and wildcat have become extinct in this country.
The natural environment of this country is actually well-suited to mammals and this is why so many other species of mammal that have been introduced to our country do rather well here. These introduced species include: house mice, black rats, brown rats, hares, common rabbits, fallow deer and more recently the Sica and Muntjack Deer, the American Grey Squirrel and the Mink.
Our native mammals form a group of varied creatures which provoke great affection in children and adults alike. As well as the Hazel Dormouse, we have three other mice. We also have three species of shrew, three species of vole and two native deer: the Roe Deer and the Red Deer. We have the Badger, the Red Fox, the Hedgehog, the Red Squirrel, the Weasel, the Stoat, the Polecat, the Pine Marten, the Mole and the Otter. Not forgetting of course our native Wild Boar and European Beavers which were both extinct in this country, but have now been reintroduced in the wild.