Dormice bounce back

More dormice have been recorded at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre this October than in any month in the past two years.

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Dormouse recovery due to habitat improvement

A dormouse at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre Credit: WWT

Work on the Arun Riverlife project involved cutting trees close to some hedgerows where dormice nest and this work was licensed by Natural England.

In the UK the dormouse has been protected since 1988 by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

During the tree work, licensed dormice handlers on the WWT Arundel team did daily hand searches of sections to be cut to ensure no dormice were in these zones.

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A recent survey of nesting boxes at the wetland reserve found four live dormice and 8 dormice nests inside the 61 nesting boxes onsite.

Two of the dormice found were nesting in boxes on the edges of the recently completed Arun Riverlife project.

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre Manager Dave Fairlamb said: “It’s great news that wildlife like dormice are moving back into the revitalized habitats of the Arun Riverlife project so quickly after the project was finished last June.”

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