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.

 

 

We need your photos!

We are currently developing flyers and posters for the group. We would love you to send us your favourite photos of dormice! If you have any high-quality photos that you would like to be used please complete the form below.

How to survey inactive dormice

Peoples Trust for Endangered Species have a new series of useful dormouse training videos that can be found on their website here. The eighth in the series looks at how to survey inactive dormice in torpor.

The third Hampshire Dormouse Group Newsletter has been published and its the first newsletter of 2016!

A new newsletter section has been added to the Members Area of the website. The newsletters will be kept available on the website to access at anytime.

The Hampshire Dormouse Group newsletter is a quarterly publication available to members of the group. The aim of the newsletter is to let members of the group know what is going on including dormouse news, an update on sites, events, training and more. If you have an article that you would like included in the next newsletter, please contact us.

To access the newsletter please click here:  Hampshire Dormouse Group Newsletter – No.3 – February 2016.

If you have any suggestions for content this we would be happy to hear from you.

 

Happy reading

Legislation and Policy – Biodiversity Plans and Strategies

We’ve updated our information relating to Legislation and Policy pertaining to hazel dormice. We are sharing with you this information over a series of Legislation and Policy related blog posts. Alternatively all of the updated information can be found here: https://hampshiredormousegroup.co.uk/about-dormice/legislation-policy/

Here is information on biodiversity plans and strategies relating to hazel dormouse:

Biodiversity Plans and Strategies

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan 2007 (UK BAP) has been superseded by the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework, and individual national biodiversity strategies. The UK framework sets out the overarching vision, strategic goals and priority activities for the UK’s work towards international biodiversity targets (known as the ‘Aichi Targets’), as agreed by 192 parties at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010. The Framework’s overall vision is that “by 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people.”

In England, Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services is the national biodiversity strategy, which has the stated mission “(…)to halt overall biodiversity loss, support healthy well-functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, with more and better places for nature for the benefit of wildlife and people.”  In order to focus activity and assess performance in achieving this mission, Biodiversity 2020 sets objectives relating to terrestrial and marine habitats and ecosystems, species and people.

In addition to the above National strategies, there are also a wide variety of local biodiversity strategies published by local nature partnerships. These may variously be referred to as Local Biodiversity Action Plans, Biodiversity Opportunity Areas (BOAs) or strategies, or Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs). There may also be local level designated sites, usually called Local Wildlife Sites (LWSs) or Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SINCs) designated in part due to the presence of Hazel Dormice

Your Dormouse Sites Data Please!

Hi everyone,
It was great to see some of you at the AGM last week.
Thank you to those of you who have sent me your sites data already. As mentioned, I will be including an update on our sites for the next newsletter, so please can those of you that monitor sites, and haven’t already done so, email me a summary of your records. Ideally for both 2014 and 2015 and by month, if possible.
It would also be good to have any photos / stories or anything else you’d like to offer.
I thought it might also be interesting to do a “close-up” on a site each newsletter, so members can have an insight into what’s happening there. So if anyone monitoring a site is willing to put something together for the February newsletter, let me know.
Thanks for reading!
Best wishes,
Alex
Alex Clayton

Sites Coordinator

Hampshire Dormouse Group

How to survey young dormice

Peoples Trust for Endangered Species have a new series of useful dormouse training videos that can be found on their website here. The seventh in the series looks at how to survey young dormice.