Following the discovery of a dormouse presence in local woodlands as a result of an investigation using dormouse tubes, permanent wooden boxes have been fitted. This investigation has been going on for many years to establish how many of our local woodlands still retain a dormouse population as the species is in serious decline. They mostly now only exist in the south-east of England. Once the presence was known grant funding was obtained and boxes purchased. These were painted with wildlife friendly paint to extend their life as they are very expensive and labelled with the group name and a box number. A volunteer working party then mounted them in two woodland locations. They will be checked monthly each year from April until November and the findings recorded. It is hoped that a number of woodlands will be found to have a population remaining and then measures to assist their survival can be implemented in these locations
Dormouse boxes were mounted in woodlands by a team of volunteers.
The locations chosen were carefully selected and mapped for easy identification on return visits when the undergrowth will be increasingly thick.