International Dormouse Conference and international visitors

The UK had a good representation at the 9th International Dormouse Conference that was held in Denmark in September 2014. I presented a talk on Dormouse life History from the NDMP and the Europeans were amazed at the length of time the NDMP has been running, the geographical scope of the monitoring programme and the amount of data we have collated. They were also very interested in dormouse conservation in general and volunteer engagement. Livia Haag, the sole dormouse representative from Switzerland, Birgit Rotter, the sole dormouse representative from Austria and Nora Wuttke from Germany were very interested in a trip to the UK to see how we do things here.

They are arriving on Monday August 17th and staying near Basingstoke. On Tuesday we’ll be visiting Briddlesford Woods on the IoW so they can see how we run an NDMP site and to look at the woodland management. The following day we’ll be looking at some sites that are due to be developed and looking at survey and mitigation. In the evening there will be a social evening for members of HDG at The Dove Inn in Micheldever to meet Livia, Brigit and Nora and to find out the current state of dormice and their conservation in their respective countries. This is a HDG event – please try and attend.On Thursday we will visit two reintroduction sites at Maulden Woods in Bedfordshire and Little Lindford wood in Buckinghamshire and then go to see Paul Manchester to look at his set-up for breeding dormice for the reintroduction programme.

Livia, Birgit and Nora will be leaving us on Friday morning and heading into London; Nora’s very keen on going to Kings Cross to see platform 9 ¾…..

Social Evening at the Dove Inn, Micheldever – 19th August 2015

In the evening there will be a social for members of HDG at The Dove Inn in Micheldever to meet Livia, Brigit and Nora and to find out the current state of dormice and their conservation in their respective countries. This is a HDG event – please try and attend.

If you can make it please complete the doodle poll below http://doodle.com/b5t632vdszhhh9sn

Hope to see you on the 19th

Ian White

Where do dormice live?

Hazel dormice are found in broad leaves woodland, scrub, and hedgerows comprising native shrub species.

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Members Event at Dove Inn, Micheldever – 19th August 2015

The Europeans are very interested in dormouse conservation in general and volunteer engagement. Livia Haag, from Switzerland, Birgit Rotter, from Austria and Nora Wuttke from Germany were very interested in a trip to the UK to see how we do things here. 

They are visiting Hampshire from 17th – 20th August and staying near Basingstoke. On Wednesday 19th we’ll be looking at some sites that are due to be developed and looking at survey and mitigation. In the evening there will be a social evening for members of HDG at The Dove Inn in Micheldever to meet Livia, Brigit and Nora and to find out the current state of dormice and their conservation in their respective countries. This is a HDG event – please try and attend. 

If you can make it please complete the doodle poll below – http://doodle.com/b5t632vdszhhh9sn

Hope to see you on the 19th

Ian

Dormouse training on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an excellent place to see and gain handling experience for your dormouse licence.

People’s Trust for Endangered Species are running two 3-day courses on the island on 7th – 9th September and 6th – 8th October. The cost is £450 per person for 3 days.

Details can be found here http://ptes.org/events/category/training-courses/ or email Ian.white@ptes.org.

Please note that the courses are restricted to a maximum of 6 people to ensure as much handling experience as possible.

What do dormice eat?

The diet of the hazel dormouse varies throughout the year. Dormice feed on the pollen and nectar of flowers of species including hawthorn, honeysuckle and sycamore. 

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Support Rachel walking the West Highland way for PTES

One of our dormouse monitors at Briddlesford Woods is trying to raise some money for PTES www.ptes.org by walking the West Highland Way.

https://www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Bates2/

Please support her if you are able and pass onto other possible interested parties

Thank you

How to put up a dormouse nest box

Peoples Trust for Endangered Species have a new series of useful dormouse training videos that can be found on their website here. The first in the series looks at how to put up a dormouse nest box.

Zionshill Copse Community Woodfair – Volunteers needed

Hello all,

We are looking for volunteers to help to man a stand at this years Zionshill Copse Community Woodfair in Chandlers Ford on Saturday 5 September 2015 from 10am till 5pm. Ideally we require enough people to run shifts throughout the day plus setting up and taking down. Set up will be from 9am.
If you are interested in helping out (even if just for a little while) please contact us.

Many thanks

Charlotte

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About Dormice

The hazel dormouse is unlike other rodents, being long lived and highly specialised in it’s ability to hibernate.

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Fleet Pond Wildlife Event – 30th May 2015

We are looking to attend the Fleet Pond Wildlfie Event on Saturday 30 May and need volunteers to help on the day.


If you are able to help out at Fleet pond wildlife event please can you respond using the link below.

 

http://doodle.com/r98isqv33mczasek

 

Many thanks


Charlotte