Why do we need to control mink?
American mink (Neovison vison) are very effective introduced predators and consequently many prey species have not evolved effective defence strategies. They have a significant impact on native wildlife including a wide range of birds, rabbits, fish, and game, as well as water voles.
Mink were first introduced into Britain for fur farming in the 1920s, establishing themselves in the wild throughout the UK as a result of escapes and deliberate releases. They were first recorded breeding in the wild in 1956 and are now present in almost every county in Britain. It is now an offence to release or allow the escape of mink into the wild.
They are mostly nocturnal or active at dusk, but may be seen at any time of the day. Their presence can often go undetected and the first indication that they are about may be that stretches of rivers or lakes lose their moorhens, coots and water voles.