Dormouse Ecology and Conservation Training Course 2017

HDG will  be running a training course on dormouse ecology and conservation this November over two evenings at Sparshlot College near Winchester on Monday 27th November and Tuesday 28th November. It will be an ideal course for those with either a general interest in dormice as well as those looking to work towards their dormice handling licence. For further details and booking information please click on the below links:

 

It is open to both members and non – members and we look forward to seeing you there.

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We are pleased to announce that the Hampshire Dormouse Group is organising a members only trip to the Briddlesford Copse on the Isle of Wight on Friday 21st July 2017. For further details, please see the attached flyer.

Information on how to book your space will follow shortly.

 

AGM

This years AGM was a great success with 20 members in attendance. The main theme of the evening was to sum up the past years successes and to talk about where we go now. Concluding with the voting in of this years committee. The AGM was followed by a talk from Pat Morris on What Makes Dormice Rare? which was attended by a further 13 people, making it a record attendance! Minutes from the meeting will be published shortly along with a list of dates for up and coming events. So keep an eye out, we would love to see you at one of our next events.

Charlotte

New Forest and Hampshire County Show – 26-28th July 2016

Dear Members
The next event that the HDG information stand will be appearing at will be the New Forest Show 2016. If anyone would like to help on the stand talking to the general public about dormouse and our work, plus all the fun of making pompom dormouse your time would be greatly appreciated. To encourage members and assist with possible costs/expenses the committee is willing to compensate members up to £25 per day for their commitment. Plus, free entry (full adult price £20) to the show ground.
The event details are as follows;
26th July 2016, Tuesday

27th July 2016, Wednesday

28th July 2016, Thursday
0830 – 1830 hrs
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show, The Showground, New Park, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH
We are still very short of helpers to assist on the exhibit stand, so please let me know if you are interested in helping, even if it is only for a few hours.
Regards
Ruth

Noar Hill – Dormouse Check

Hi everyone,

Emma is planning to carry out s dormouse check at Noar Hill this weekend weather permitting. Either Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd May 2016.

Please contact Emma if interested:

Armitagegreen@outlook.com

Fleet Pond Wildlife Day 2016

Dear Members
The next event that the HDG information stand will be appearing at will be the Fleet Pond Wildlife Day 2016. If anyone would like to help on the stand talking to the general public about dormouse and our work, plus all the fun of making pompom dormouse your time would be greatly appreciated. The event details are as follows;

5th June 2016, Sunday

1000- 1400hrs

Fleet Pond Nature Reserve, GU51 2RR

Please let me know if you are interested in helping via the contact page, even if it is only a few hours.

Regards

Ruth

Briddlesford Dormouse Weekend – 21/22 May 2016

The next dormouse check at Briddlesford Reserve on the Isle of Wight is on the 21st/22nd May.

It is a great opportunity to gain dormouse survey experience and an enjoyable weekend in the woodland.

Would any unlicensed members of the HDG like to come?

There would be costs for food, accommodation and travel but the weekend itself is free.

This is a rare opportunity as spaces are usually booked up well in advance, so please let us know if you are interested in coming along via the contact us page.

Joanne and Ian

Sparsholt Countryside Day 2016

Dear Members

The next event that the HDG information stand will be appearing at will be the Sparsholt Countryside Day 2016. If anyone would like to help on the stand talking to the general public about dormouse and our work, plus all the fun of making pompom dormouse your time would be greatly appreciated. The event details are as follows;

21st May 2016, Saturday

0930- 1630hrs

Sparsholt College, near Winchester

Please let me know if you are interested in helping, even if it is only a few hours.

Regards

Ruth

Andover Environment Day 2016

Dear Members
The next event that the HDG information stand will be appearing at will be the Andover Environment Day 2016. If anyone would like to help on the stand talking to the general public about dormouse and our work, plus all the fun of making pompom dormouse your time would be greatly appreciated. The event details are as follows;

7th May 2016

1000 – 1500hrs

Vigo Park, Andover

Please let me know if you are interested in helping, even if it is only a few hours via the contact page.

Regards

Ruth

Peoples Trust for Endangered Species have now announced a ‘save the date’ for 2016 National Dormouse Conference

Save the dormouse date: The 2016 National Dormouse Conference will be held in Reading on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September 2016.

Tickets will go on sale in April 2016.

https://ptes.org/event/national-dormouse-conference/

The National Dormouse Conference will feature a number of speakers across the two days, covering a wide range of topics. Speakers confirmed so far include:

Sven Buchner who has produced a number of papers on Hazel dormice based on his research in Germany and is a co-author of the monograph on Hazel Dormice published in 2013. He will give an overview of the state of dormouse populations and conservation measures in mainland Europe.

Goedele Verbeylen is a long term dormouse researcher and regular contributor to the National Dormouse forum. By using a range of trapping methods she thoroughly monitors a local dormouse population in Belgium and has an excellent insight into dormice behaviour and ecology. She will give an update on her ongoing project.

Dr Pat Morris MBE will be chairing the day’s session on Saturday.

Björn Schulz, who will visit us from Germany, has worked on the practical reconnection of habitats between countries and has studied dormice in roadside habitats.

Tristan Norton is the Senior Ecologist at Hampshire County Council. He previously worked as an ecological consultant so will be able to give a useful insight of what county councils need from consultants.

Ben Ditchburn is the Head of the National Forest Inventory and he will talk about the woodland survey and its findings. In the future we aim to use the NDMP and data from the NFI to model where dormice should, or could, be.

Ecological consultants have the opportunity to ask questions in advance of the conference and a representative from Natural England will respond to as many as possible in one of the presentations. Please visit this form to submit your questions.

More information will be added soon – please check back for further information.