About Dormice

Extremely elusive and increasingly rare, the hazel dormouse is unlike other rodents, being long-lived and highly specialised in its ability to hibernate.

The hazel dormouse is shy, secretive and nocturnal, so you are not very likely to see a dormouse, but due to work done by Elaine Hurrell, Doug Woods, Pat Morris and Paul Bright, to name but a few, quite a lot is now known about this elusive animal.

hazel dormouse in hand

Hazel dormouse in hand. Photo credit: Hampshire Dormouse Group ©


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