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 Clayton

Sites Coordinator

Hampshire Dormouse Group

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.

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:

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.

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