The dormouse is a rodent of the family Gliridae. Dormice are mostly found in Europe, although some live in Africa and Asia. They are particularly known for their long periods of hibernation.
Scientific name: Gliridae
Hibernation period: 182.6 d
Mass: 0.015 – 0.18 kg (Adult)
Gestation period: 22 – 24 d
Body length: 6 – 19 cm (Adult)
The Dormouse in Devon
The dormouse has become extinct in some counties in the UK, but Devon is a stronghold, the works undertaken by wildlife groups and landowners to create the right habitat for them will allow the Dormouse to thrive and spread to other areas.
Dunsdon Farm – Dormouse Nest Boxes
In Autumn 2014 we started the first phase of our Dormouse nest box project, by taking advice from Devon Wildlife Trust as to suitable locations around the farm for the siting of boxes. Dormice need food sources, shelter and corridors so well linked hedgerows and woodland edges were chose for the siting of 30 boxes.
The Dormouse is a protected species and boxes with Dormice can only be inspected by licensed persons, so we will have to wait to undertake our first monitored surveys in the Spring – “Fingers crossed”