Vincent Wildlife Trust National Polecat Survey

VWT’s National Polecat Survey

Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT), a mammal research and conservation charity, is appealing to members of the public for sightings of polecats for its fourth National Polecat Survey. A member of the mustelid family, the polecat is a nocturnal, solitary mammal that leaves few field signs, and is bouncing back following historical persecution and decline.

If you see a polecat in 2024 or 2025, VWT would like to hear from you. To take part in our survey please submit sightings of polecats to us at along with the location (grid reference) and any photographs/videos you have captured. Sightings can also be submitted through the wildlife recording app iNaturalist (National Polecat Survey 2024-2025 · iNaturalist), on social media or over the phone: 01531 636441.

Follow the National Polecat Survey on Facebook and X(Twitter) @Polecatsurvey and find out more online at National Polecat Survey (2024-2025) – The Vincent Wildlife Trust (

Katherine Morley, Carnivore Conservation Officer, VWT

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