Dormouse - Sleeping Beauties

Monday 25th April 2016

Two male dormice, freshly emerged from hibernation, were found at one of our NE Essex reserves as part of a study by the Essex and Suffolk Dormouse Project.

Only licenced handlers are allowed to check and weigh dormice so Darren Tansley and Janet Looser were on hand to help out. Both mice remained asleep (torpid) throughout the whole process and were returned to their leafy nests unharmed. Work is ongoing on 20 sites across Essex and Suffolk to establish how dormice use artificial nest sites.

For further information contact Darren Tansley, Water for Wildlife Officer: email