Dear Members
Can I remind you all that it is time to pay your subscriptions for 2016, unless you joined after 1 July 2015 in which case you don’t need to pay any thing until January 2017.

Fees are £10 individual members and £15 for household membership.

Details of how to make payments can be found here.

If you are paying directly into the bank could you please drop me an e-mail and let me know.

If payment is not received by the beginning of April it’ll be assumed that you no-longer want to remain a member.

Thanks

Alison Hogan

Alison Hogan, Members Secretary and Treasurer

Don’t forget this Wednesday 20 January is our annual meeting at the EPR Office in Micheldever from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome both non-members and members. Please let us know if you plan to attend using the doodle poll:… Read More

Hello All,

Happy new year! Its that time of year again when we are due our annual AGM. This years date is Wednesday 20 January at the EPR Office in Micheldever from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome both  non-members and members.

There will be a short presentation from Ian White on either the State of Dormice or Dormouse Reintroduction. There will also be an opportunity to find out how our NDMP sites have faired over 2015, and what has been going on in the group over the last year. 

The committee for 2016 will also be elected. The positions on the committee are detailed below. If you would like to volunteer to help out on the committee please let us know prior to the start of te meeting and which position you would like to stand for. 

  • Chair
  • Treasurer & Membership Secretary
  • Secretary
  • Landowner Liaison Coordinator
  • Survey Coordinator
  • Site & Records Coordinator
  • Training Coordinator
  • Fundraiser
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Webmaster
  • Press Officer/Newsletter Editor

Please can you let me know if you intend to attend the meeting using the doodle poll below, so that we can ensure there are enough seats available on arrival.

http://doodle.com/poll/kqekwmyainuca8vd

Many thanks

Charlotte

On behalf of the Hampshire Dormouse Group

Legislation and Policy – Guidance

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 further guidance relating to hazel dormouse:

Guidance

Further guidance on the treatment of Hazel Dormice in the planning system is set out in summary on the Government’s website https://www.gov.uk/hazel-dormice-protection-surveys-and-licences

However, this guidance is largely unhelpful, and more comprehensive advice is provided in the Natural England Dormouse Conservation Handbook (2nd Ed, 2006), and a later Interim Guidance Note released by NE.

Further to the above, Government Circular 06/05 (which at the time of writing was still extant) advises that the presence of a protected species is a material consideration when determining a development proposal, and the extent to which they may be affected by a proposed development should be established before permission is granted.

How to check a nest box with multiple active dormice

Peoples Trust for Endangered Species have a new series of useful dormouse training videos that can be found on their website here. The sixth in the series looks at how to check a nest box with multiple active dormice.

Legislation and Policy – Planning Policy

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 the planning policy relating to hazel dormouse:

Planning Policy

Section 11 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) provides guidance on conserving and enhancing the natural environment through the planning system and replaces the preceding Planning Policy Statement 9 (PPS9):  Biodiversity and Geological Conservation.

As mentioned above Dormice are a S41 ‘Species of Principal Importance for the conservation of biodiversity’. The NPPF specifies that when determining planning applications and writing planning policies, local planning authorities should aim to conserve and enhance ‘biodiversity’ including by applying the following principles:

  • if significant harm resulting from a development cannot be avoided, adequately mitigated or (as a last resort) compensated for, then planning permission should be refused;
  • planning policies should promote the preservation, restoration and re-creation of priority habitats, ecological networks and the protection and recovery of priority species populations, linked to national and local targets, and identify suitable indicators for monitoring biodiversity;
  • planning permission should normally be refused for development resulting in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats, including ancient woodland and the loss of aged or veteran trees found outside ancient woodland;
  • development proposals where the primary objective is to conserve and enhance biodiversity should be permitted;
  • opportunities to incorporate biodiversity in and around developments should be encouraged.

In addition to National Policy summarised above, Local Planning Authorities will have their own emerging or adopted Local Plan policies, which may set out how planning decisions will be made with respect to biodiversity and species such as Hazel Dormice.

How to weigh and record dormice

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

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Reminder – skittle and curry night is tomorrow, please book and we look forward to seeing you there We have arranged a Skittles and Curry night at ‘The Phoenix Inn’ in Twyford, near Winchester on Monday 23rd of November. http://www.thephoenixinn.co.uk/. Please come… Read More
Reminder – don’t forget skittles and curry night this coming Monday We have arranged a Skittles and Curry night at ‘The Phoenix Inn’ in Twyford, near Winchester on Monday 23rd of November. http://www.thephoenixinn.co.uk/. Please come along to what will be a fun… Read More

Legislation and Policy – NERC Act 2006

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 the NERC Act 2006 relating to hazel dormouse:

The Natural Enviroment and Rural Communities Act 2006

The Hazel Dormouse is a ‘Species of Principal Importance for the conservation of biodiversity’ (sometimes referred to as a ‘’Priority Species’’), listed under section 41 of the NERC Act 2006.

The Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006 was intended to raise the profile of biodiversity amongst all public authorities (including local authorities, and statutory undertakers) and to make biodiversity an integral part of policy and decision-making processes. The NERC Act also improved wildlife protection by amending the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Section 40 (S40) of the Act places a ‘Biodiversity Duty’ on all public bodies to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity when carrying out their normal functions. This includes giving consideration to the restoration and enhancement of species and habitats.

Section 41 (S41) of the Act requires the Secretary of State to publish a list of habitats and species which are of Principal Importance for the conservation of biodiversity in England.  Public authorities have a responsibility to give specific consideration to the S41 list when exercising their normal functions. For planning authorities, consideration for Species and Habitats of Principal Importance will be exercised mainly through the planning and development control processes.

Reminder – please book now We have arranged a Skittles and Curry night at ‘The Phoenix Inn’ in Twyford, near Winchester on Monday 23rd of November. http://www.thephoenixinn.co.uk/. Please come along to what will be a fun evening and a chance to have… Read More