International Dormouse Conference and international visitors

The UK had a good representation at the 9th International Dormouse Conference that was held in Denmark in September 2014. I presented a talk on Dormouse life History from the NDMP and the Europeans were amazed at the length of time the NDMP has been running, the geographical scope of the monitoring programme and the amount of data we have collated. They were also very interested in dormouse conservation in general and volunteer engagement. Livia Haag, the sole dormouse representative from Switzerland, Birgit Rotter, the sole dormouse representative from Austria and Nora Wuttke from Germany were very interested in a trip to the UK to see how we do things here.

They are arriving on Monday August 17th and staying near Basingstoke. On Tuesday we’ll be visiting Briddlesford Woods on the IoW so they can see how we run an NDMP site and to look at the woodland management. The following day we’ll be looking at some sites that are due to be developed and looking at survey and mitigation. In the evening there will be a social evening for members of HDG at The Dove Inn in Micheldever to meet Livia, Brigit and Nora and to find out the current state of dormice and their conservation in their respective countries. This is a HDG event – please try and attend.On Thursday we will visit two reintroduction sites at Maulden Woods in Bedfordshire and Little Lindford wood in Buckinghamshire and then go to see Paul Manchester to look at his set-up for breeding dormice for the reintroduction programme.

Livia, Birgit and Nora will be leaving us on Friday morning and heading into London; Nora’s very keen on going to Kings Cross to see platform 9 ¾…..

Social Evening at the Dove Inn, Micheldever – 19th August 2015

In the evening there will be a social for members of HDG at The Dove Inn in Micheldever to meet Livia, Brigit and Nora and to find out the current state of dormice and their conservation in their respective countries. This is a HDG event – please try and attend.

If you can make it please complete the doodle poll below http://doodle.com/b5t632vdszhhh9sn

Hope to see you on the 19th

Ian White

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