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Dormouse Ecology & Surveying Techniques

21st September 2024

Tutor: Simone Bullion BSc PhD MCIEEM

9:30 - 16:30

£150 per person


This one-day, in-person course is ideal for those with a general interest or working towards their Dormouse Handling Licence*.

The course is held at Wildwood Devon and includes information on relevant legislation, dormouse ecology and conservation, with a particular focus on survey techniques.

There will be a mixture of indoor talks covering dormouse ecology and why they are rare, an introduction to the range of survey techniques and also the relevant legislation protecting dormice. This will be interspersed by field sessions in which delegates will be led around parts of the site, including hedgerow, scrub and woodland habitats. The trainer will demonstrate how to check footprint tunnels, nest tubes and nest boxes and also recognition of field signs such as dormouse nests and opened hazel nuts.

Although there are dormice known in these areas, we cannot guarantee seeing one on the day. As there is a risk of COVID 19 transmission from humans to small mammals we ask delegates to test beforehand if possible and to let us know if you are showing any symptoms before arrival. Participants are recommended to bring sturdy shoes and wellington boots on the day as parts of the wetland scrub can be boggy. Refreshments are provided on the day but you will need to bring your own lunch.


*Dormice licences are issued by Natural England. Two licensed referees are required for any application. As references should be based on observation of a person’s skills over an extended period of time, we are unable to provide references. We can however provide an attendance certificate confirming completion of the training with us.



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