MAMMALS

Bears and bats

Wolves and wildcats

Moles and marten

Trail cameras give a great insight into mammal activity.
 
 
We try to set them a few weeks before people visit us on any of our tours to
 Prespa & Ohrid, Kerkini, Bulgaria or Nestos & Rhodope.
 
Mammals are of course very shy, but with the trail cameras (or 'camera traps')
you can at least see what has been walking on the same paths as you.
 
 
Below is a list of the region's mammals, with videos from our cameras
where a species has chanced in front of the lens.
 
Large & Medium Carnivores

Ursus arctos arctos

Eurasian brown bear

600-700 are estimated to live in the mountains of northern Greece alone

 

Canis lupus

Grey wolf

Found throughout the Balkan peninsula

Canis aureus moreoticus

European golden jackal

Some 100s of jackals live in the region, with the Nestos river being a stronghold.

 

Lynx lynx balcanicus

Balkan lynx

Critically endangered, approx. only 40 survive, mostly in Mavrovo National Park.

 

Vulpus vulpus

Red fox

 

Felis silvestris

Wildcat

It's not unusual for visitors to the region to see a wildcat in the car headlights at night.

 

Meles meles

Eurasian badger

Lutra lutra

European otter

Martes foina

Beech (or Stone) marten

Martes martes

Pine marten

Mustela nivalis

Least weasel

Neovison vison

American mink

Mustelids
 
Hare

Lepus europaeus

European hare

 
Hooves

Sus scrofa

Wild boar

Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer

Rubicapra rubicapra balcanica

Balkan chamois

Insectivores
 

Crocidura leucodon

Bicoloured shrew

 

Talpa caeca

Blind mole

Crocidura suaveolens

Lesser white-toothed shrew

 

Neomys anomalus

Southern water shrew

Talpa romana

Roman mole

 

Erinaceus concolor

Eastern European hedgehog

 

Rodents
 

Apodemus sylvaticus

Wood mouse

Apodemus mystacinus

Broad-toothed field mouse

 

Rattus rattus

House (or Black) rat

Mus musculus domesticus

House mouse

 

Micromys minutus

Eurasian harvest mouse

Sciurus vulgaris

Eurasian red squirrel

Glis glis

Edible dormouse

Dryomys mntedula

Forest dormouse

 

Muscardinus avellanarius

Hazel dormouse

Myocastor coypus

Coypu

Spalax leucodon

Lesser mole rat

 

Microtus levis

East European vole

Microtus savii

Savii's pine vole

 

Arvicola amphibius

European water vole

Apodemus flavicollis

Yellow-necked mouse

 

 
Bats
Chiroptera

Family

 

Genus

 

Species

 

Family

 

Vespertilionidae
Vesper (or Evening) bats

Tribe

 

Sub-family

 

Genus

 

Eptesicini

 

Eptesicus serotinus

Serotine

Eptesicus

House bats

Vespertilioninae

 

Pipistrellini

 

Plecotus macrobullaris

Alpine long-eared bat

Plecotus austriacus

Grey long-eared bat

Plecotus auritus

Brown long-eared bat

Plecotus

Lump-nosed bats

Plecotini

 

Pipistrellus pygmaeus

Soprano pipistrelle

Pipistrellus pipistrellus

Common pipistrelle

Pipistrellus nathusii

Nathusius's pipistrelle

Pipistrellus kuhlii

Kuhl's pipistrelle

Pipistrellus

Pipistrelle bats

Species

 

Nyctalus noctula

Noctule

Nyctalus leisleri

Lesser noctule

Nyctalus

Noctule bats

Vespertilionini

 

Hypsugo

Asian bats

Hypsugo savii

Savi's pipistrelle

Myotis

Mouse-eared bats

Myotis bechsteinii

Bechstein's bat

Myotis brandtii

Brandt's bat

Myotis blythii

Lesser mouse-eared bat

Myotis capaccinii

Long-fingered bat

Molossidae
Free-tailed bats

Tadarida teniotis

European free-tailed bat

Rhinolophidae
Horseshoe bats

Rhinolophus ferrumequinum

Greater horseshoe bat

Rhinolophus hipposideros

Lesser horseshoe bat

Rhinolophus blasii

Blasius's horseshoe bat

Rhinolophus euryale

Mediterranean horseshoe bat

Miniopterus schreibersii

(Common) Bent-winged bat

Miniopteridae
Bent-winged bats

Myotinae

 

Rhinolophus

Horseshoe bats

Tadarida

 

Rhinolophus

Bent-winged bats

Myotis mystacinus

Whiskered bat

Myotis nattereri

Natterer's bat

Myotis myotis

Greater mouse-eared bat

Myotis emarginatus

Geoffroy's bat

Myotis daubentonii

Daubenton's bat

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