30th April 2011 – Successful Start to Dormouse Surveys

Great concern has been expressed for the future of the hazel dormouse as its numbers across the country have declined by at least a half in the last 100 years. Dormice are a ‘flagship species’. Where they occur the habitat is usually very suitable for a wide range of other species. Many Dormouse nest boxes were erected last season in Bredhurst Woods and monitored from April to October. Blue Tit, Marsh Tit and many others were found to be nesting in the boxes and, on the last survey day in October, a dormouse nest was found although the resident was nowhere to be found. However, on the first survey of this year, the team were delighted to find a female dormouse fast asleep.