3 key tips for identifying stoats in Britain

A feisty little mustelid with a distinctive tail tip! In this video we share top tips for confidently identifying stoats and telling them apart from other similar species.

Stoats are a commonly occurring mustelid species in Britain and share similar territorial and solitary behaviours with weasels. They tend to nest in the dens of their prey and rely heavily on rabbits as a food source. In colder northern regions, some stoats turn white in the winter, referred to as ermine, which helps them blend in with the snow and provides improved camouflage.

Stoat (Mustela erminea) identification guide:
– Stoats are around 35-45cm from nose to tail tip.
– They are similar in appearance to weasels, but slightly larger, typically with darker brown fur on their back and creamy-coloured underparts.
– Stoats have a distinctive black tail tip. This is a key characteristic to look out for as it’s often visible even in a fleeting glimpse.

Mad about mustelids? Check out our full mustelid identification guide to learn how to identify all 7 of Britain’s mustelid species, including stoats, pine martens, weasels and otters, along with some top tips for successful trail camera placements for mustelid monitoring: /

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