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.

 

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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The UK Biodiversity Action Plan 2007 (UK BAP) has been superseded by the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework, and individual national biodiversity strategies.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.

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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