The American Mink is a carnivorous mammal from the same family as otters and weasels. They have a variable diet and can occupy both saltwater and freshwater habitats. Mink were introduced to Britain in 1929 when they were brought across from America for fur farms – some escaped and bred in the wild, while others were deliberately released when the farms closed down. They predate and compete with native species, particularly water vole and kingfisher, and may impact them by spreading disease. They have been recorded in the River Thame catchment wide. We hope to be starting a new mink control project in the near future, look out for this on our projects page.