This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.
If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.
stoat is a small Mustelid, so is related to the weasel and otter. It has an
orange body, black-tipped tail and distinctive bounding gait.
thought that the black tip to a stoat’s tail serves to distract birds of prey.
The predator’s attention is drawn to it and it focuses its attack on the tail
rather than on the more vulnerable parts of the stoat’s body.
stoats turn completely or partially white in winter, particularly in northern
parts of the UK where snow is more common, but the black tip on the tail always
The white fur is known as 'ermine' and helps the stoat blend in with
snowy surroundings when hunting.
Tail: 9-14cm Weight:
140-450g Average lifespan: 2-5 years
stoat is a small predator, with a long, low-slung body that makes it
particularly well suited to hunting small rodents and rabbits. It can easily
kill an adult rabbit, which is much larger than itself, with a bite to the base
of the skull.
Stoats are active by day and night, and are easiest to spot in
open habitats, such as sand dunes, grassland and heathland. They mate in
summer, but delay implantation of the fertilised egg until the spring of the
They have one litter of six to twelve kits a year.