One of the rarest mammals in Britain, they have for centuries been persecuted by gamekeepers and bred for their fur, but their numbers are now are on the increase after being protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and placed on the list of UK BAP mammals in 2007.
Being mainly nocturnal they probably aren’t the easiest to spot, but if you do happen to be lucky enough to see one make sure it’s not a polecat-ferret, which are very similar but cross-bred as the name suggests.
It would be wise (in any case) to ensure that all outdoor animal and poultry houses are secure, but they seem not to pose much of a threat if these measures are taken.
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