dormouse

Protected Species Surveys

Dormouse Surveys

Wildwood Ecology has licensed and experienced ecologists able to undertake all types of dormouse surveys, including nut searches, nest tube surveys and nest box monitoring.

Wildwood Ecology can undertake a survey of your land (or proposed land purchase) for dormice as part of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal. Subsequent detailed surveys to inform appropriate levels of mitigation or compensation for a development licence application can also be performed.

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Dormouse legislation and protection

Dormice and their habitats are fully protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and are a European Protected Species.

It is illegal to:

  • Deliberately capture, injure, kill or disturb dormice,
  • Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to any structure/place used for shelter or protection, or
  • Damage or destroy a breeding site or resting place.

If convicted of an offence the penalties can be severe, including a fine of up to £5000 (per animal) and/or six months in prison.

The dormouse is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) priority species.

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Did you know
  • The hazel or common dormouse, Muscardinus avellanarius is rare and mostly found only in the southern and western counties of England and Wales.
  • They are solitary nocturnal animals who forage for food above ground level amongst the branches of trees and shrubs thus avoiding exposing themselves on the ground.
  • Dormice hibernate during the winter, generally from October through to March/April, in nests amongst the leaf litter, woodpiles and rocks on the forest floor.
  • Dormice can be found in highly diverse deciduous woodland, species-rich hedgerows and scrub, and as such are vulnerable to woodland and hedgerow management operations.
  • They feed on flowers, fruits, small insects and particularly hazel nuts prior to hibernation.
  • Dormice have also been found in reed beds and within the central reservations of motorways and duel carriageways.

Protected Species Surveys