Dormouse Box Checks at Roadford Lake

On Saturday 20 May a group of volunteers, alongside a licenced ecologist, undertook South West Lakes Trust’s bi-annual Dormouse box checks at Roadford Lake, near Launceston. The site has historically been a stronghold for these endangered mammals and South West Lakes Trust’s checks, which have been taking place for the past 15 years, tie in with the national Dormouse monitoring programme, which helps assess the state of the UK population.

  

Neil Reeves, Countryside Manager for South West Lake Trust, said “In May 2016 we found 26 Dormice using the boxes which is fantastic news. In contrast, the recent checks only revealed 6 Hazel Dormice, but we are not despairing. It has been a really good spring with plenty of food around so it is likely the Dormice are using natural nesting spots in trees as opposed to the boxes. On Saturday we were spoilt with woodlands covered in bluebells, the occasional box filled with Great Tits and, most importantly, had two little ‘uns getting involved and learning about these endangered species.”

 

To carry out Dormouse surveying you need to have a license, it is not permitted for members of the public to come and open boxes. If you are interested in wildlife recording then please get in touch by calling 01566 771930 or email info@swlakestrust.org.uk.

The next checks will be taking place in September 2017 where it is hoped a few more of these fascinating creatures will be found.

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