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Dormouse tracking tunnels

The Hampshire Dormouse Group is planning on trialling the dormouse tracking tunnels that they have had a lot of  success with in Switzerland, but each tracking tunnel requires three orange juice or milk juice cartons so we will need a few of those. 

We would be grateful if you could save any that you get so that we can start building some of these tunnels. 

Details to follow of how and when we plan to put these together and put them up.

Dormouse Ecology Training Course – 2nd and 3rd March 2015

The Hampshire Dormouse Group dormouse ecology training course was held over two evenings on the 2nd and 3rd March 2015.  Topics covered included dormouse ecology and physiology, conservation, survey methods, historical landscape ecology, habitat appraisal, legislation and habitat management.

Over 20 HDG members and non-members attended, however the course proved more popular than was anticipated with a waiting list.  As a result the course will be run again during late 2015 – look out for details on the website and blog.

Events for 2015

We have updated our events list for 2015. We hope to see you at the events below. More details will be posted prior to the events.

Saturday 7 March – HBIC Recorders Forum

Saturday 28 March – Hampshire Ornithological Society Open Day

Saturday 30 May – Fleet Pond Wildlife Day

Saturday 5 September – Zionshill Copse Community Woodfair

Training Event 2015

Dear All,

I can now confirm that the Hampshire Dormouse Group 2015 training event will take place over two evenings on the 2nd and 3rd of March between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. The course will be a workshop format and cover the following topics over the two evenings: dormouse ecology, legislation and conservation, survey methods, habitat management and training for a dormouse licence.

The venue will be the EPR offices in Micheldever (thank you again to EPR for hosting!).

A copy of the programme will follow. The course is open to both HDG members and non-members.

There will be a nominal charge of £15 for HDG members and £20 for non-members which will go to the HDG to fund future dormouse activities.

Please e-mail me to confirm a place if you would like to attend.

Kind regards,


Annual General Meeting 2015

The Hampshire Dormouse Group AGM will be on Wednesday 28th January 2015 at 7.30 at the EPR Offices in Micheldever. We have invited Tristan Norton, the Senior Ecologist in the Ecology team at Hampshire Council, to talk at the AGM. Either he, or one of his team, will give us an overview on how the council considers dormouse mitigation proposals and he will highlight some recent case studies.

It is important that we have a good attendance at the AGM, you will be updated on what we have achieved and what we would like to do next year; the committee needs to be voted in and we have a speaker. An Agenda will be circulated closer to the date.

Please confirm your attendance on doodle


Hampshire Dormouse Group is a voluntary group, run by and for volunteers, but we do not have charitable status. We fundraise at the public events we attend, and are always looking for new ways to raise money to support the group’s activities within dormouse conservation in Hampshire. The money we raise through fundraising and membership fees goes towards a range of items and activities, including purchasing box checking kits for licenced dormouse monitors; producing leaflets for the public and landowners about the group and about dormice; providing materials for public engagement work we carry out; and paying for the group’s insurance.

If you would like to donate any money to the group, or you have any suggestions for how we could raise funds in the future on our limited resources, please contact usthrough this website – we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Social Evening – 19th November 2014

Now the dormouse season is nearly over, HDG are having a social evening on Wednesday 19th November at The Northbrook Arms in East Stratton in their skittle alley room:

All members, potential members and their households welcome, it’s a great opportunity to meet other members of the group in a lovely country pub atmosphere. We’ve provisionally booked the skittle alley which is in a separate room – it’s free – all they ask is that at least some of us buy drinks and/or food on the evening, but we do need to let them know for certain that we want the room that night. Please therefore, can you reply to this email confirming if you and anyone else from your family are coming along, as we need 20 people or more to go ahead.


We look forward to seeing you!

Community Woodfair at Chandlers Ford – 30th August 2014

Community Woodfair at Chandlers Ford
Saturday 30th August 2014

Join Us
Our next event is at the Community Woodfair at Chandlers Ford… The event runs from 10am till 5pm and attracts around 2000 people. Set within a woodland the event aims to highlight traditional woodland management techniques, with members from the Hampshire coppice group, chainsaw artists, forest school and lots of children’s activities. The event is free to attend with only some small charges for certain activities.

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 Test Valley Borough Council website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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 let us know. Thank you.

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…