Dormouse: did you know?

How many of the dormouse facts below did you know?

The hazel dormouse is a small arboreal (tree-living) rodent, with a body approximately 75 mm (2.5 – 3 inches) long and a tail of a similar length.

It is our only small mammal with a furry tail.

Young dormice have a grey to sandy coloured coat; this develops as they mature, into the attractive honey-coloured coat of adult dormice.

Hazel dormice have large black eyes, long whiskers and flexible, sticky feet, allowing them to clamber around the shrub canopy at night, which is when they are usually active.

To find out more please visit our dormouse ecology pages.

We would love to hear your dormouse facts, please let us know if you have any more facts to share…

Hartley Wintney dormouse enjoys bird feeder

Thank you to those who have submitted records of dormice to our website. Here is one who regularly visits a bird feeder in a back garden of Hartley Wintney. It visits most evenings between 21.00 – 22.00 hours, sits on a perch on the feeder and helps itself to sunflower hearts.

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There is also a video of the elusive dormouse who has been appearing on the bird feeder in Hartley Wintney – you can view it here: http://youtu.be/0HQgzT-hhuE

Join us on facebook and twitter!

The Hampshire Dormouse Group has joined facebook and twitter!

Facebook
Follow us using /hampshiredormousegroup
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Tweet us using @HantsDormice and #hampshiredormice
You can find us at https://twitter.com/HantsDormice

 

Mottisfont Country Fair – 17th May 2014

Update: Mottisfont Country Fair – CANCELLED

Unfortunately the Hampshire Dormouse Group is no longer able to attend the following event. Apologies for the short notice and any inconvenience caused. We look forward to seeing you at our next event in June.

Mottisfont Country Fair
Saturday 17th May 2014

Join Us
Our next event is at Mottisfont Country Fair… ‘Come along and learn traditional countryside skills and persuits’. The event is free (normal admission charges apply) and will begin at 10am, when the gates open, with last admission at 5pm.

The Hampshire Dormouse Group will be there offering opportunities to find our more about dormice in Hampshire as well as creative sessions for children to make the popular Pom-Pom dormice! More details including location and directions can be found on the Mottisfont website.

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Dormouse Volunteers
We need help setting up, manning the stand throughout the day, and helping pack up at the end. The day will include making Pom-Pom dormice. Any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to help us out on the day please compete the doodle poll.

HBIC Recorders Forum – 8th March 2014

HBIC Recorders Forum
8th March 2014

hbic-logoThe Hampshire Dormouse Group attended the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) Recorders forum, which was a great opportunity to talk to other recorders and representatives of community groups who were keen to follow the HDG. There was also the opportunity to gather information about other potential sites within Hampshire.

More information about the HBIC Recorders forum can be found here, with the programme of events throughout the day as follows.

Programme
09.45 10.00 Registration & Coffee
10.00 10.05 Welcome & Introduction : Nicky Court, HBIC Manager
10.05 10.35 The view over the horizon: Martin Rand, Botanical Society of the British Isles
10.35 11.05 The Changing Fortunes of Hampshire’s Birds – A National Perspective. John Eyre, Hampshire Ornithological Society
11.05 11.15 Refreshments
11.15 11.45 How well are Hampshire’s butterflies doing? – Hampshire butterfly trends in a national context: DrAndy Barker, Butterfly Conservation
11.45 12.15 Setting up a network of reference sites : Nicky Court, HBIC Manager
12.15 12.30 Discussion
12.30 13.45 Lunch & displays
13.45 14.05 PondNet in Hampshire:  DrNaomi Ewald, Freshwater Habitats Trust
14.05 14.25 Natterjack conservation – the long view: John Buckley, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
14.25 14.45 Seasearch & Shoresearch : Dr Amy Marsden, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
14.45 15.00 Refreshments
15.00 15.20 BeeWalk: Walking transects to monitor bumblebees: Richard Comont, Bumblebee Conservation Trust
15.20 15.40 Recording birds by sound: Brian Harrison, Wildlife sound recordist
15.40 15.45 Summing up and close

Mottisfont Wildlife Week – 20th and 21st February 2014

Mottisfont Wildlife Week
20th & 21st February 2014

Hamsphire Dormouse Group were invited to hold our first event (a stand) at Mottisfont Wildlife Week, little did we realise this meant we would have a class room all to ourselves. Excited and a little apprehensive we arrive armed with more wool than we could possibly need for the first trial of the illusive ‘Pom-Pom’ dormouse.

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Despite the weather volunteers were inundated with over 50 children and families on both days. Staff reported seeing Pom-Pom dormice cropping up across the estate. Thank you to those who volunteered over both days and those who provided the much needed wool.

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