22 Dormice Recorded at Roadford Lake

On Saturday 16 September 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.

Kit Hancock, Countryside Warden for South West Lake Trust, said “In May 2017 we recorded only 6 Hazel Dormice, but the recent checks revealed 22 Dormice which included three breeding pairs with up to five young which is a fantastic result. On Saturday we were also spoilt with the occasional box filled with wood mice and even a pygmy shrew. It was a great day.”


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 May 2018 where it is hoped even more of these fascinating creatures will be found.

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