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Rare rodent re-introduced to Yorkshire Dales

A rare rodent is making a comeback in the Yorkshire Dales.

Twenty breeding pairs or trios of hazel dormice are being released by the People's Trust for Endangered Species later.

Dormouse officer, Ian White, from the People's Trust for Endangered Species, holds a rare hazel dormouse. Credit: PA

They will be released into an undisclosed woodland location in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The release follows a successful re-introduction in 2008, which was the first time the animals were seen in the park for over 100 years.

Despite their once widespread existence throughout much of England and Wales, the range and population of the dormouse has diminished significantly over the last century, and the species is now rare and vulnerable to extinction.

Dormice are rare and vulnerable to extinction. Credit: PA
  • This is the 26th dormouse reintroduction led by PTES; over the last 23 years, more than 800 dormice have been released at 21 different sites across 12 English counties.

National Park's fears over Yorkshire Dales barn conversions

The powers that be in the National Park are worried that a Government idea to let people convert run-down barns into new homes could ruin the countryside of the Yorkshire Dales.

The Government says it wants more houses to help local people get on the property ladder, but will barn conversions simply become yet more second holiday homes for the wealthy?

Jon Hill reports.

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Could the Yorkshire Dales National Park be getting bigger?

The Yorkshire Dales National Park may be getting bigger. A two-week inquiry has been considering altering the boundaries of both it and the Lake District National Park.

The proposals would see much more land come under National Park Authority control. The inspector's report and recommendations are expected at the end of this year.

Ryan Dollard reports: