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Title of the project

Dormouse population Cheschire

Description

to survey new areas of Cheshire to ascertain whether a wild population of Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) still exists in the country.

A dormouse re-introduction programme is under discussion. But, before that, woodlands would need to be surveyed to find out if there were any existing remnant populations.
For that, they used nest tubes and nest boxes places in areas seemed to be suitable dormouse habitat (including areas managed for shooting). Any new woodland sites managed by BASC members having high potential for the species has been included within the monitoring programmes.
Since the beginning of the Green Shoots project a total of 11 woodlands have been surveyed for dormice using nest tubes and/or nest boxes. Over the years a number of these sites have had the boxes and tubes taken down and, in 2010, six sites were being monitored.
A successful funding bid made to the SITA trust in late 2010 to undertake a landscape scale connected habitat network for dormice project in Southwest Cheshire will ensure that the Green Shoots project officer will be able to dedicate the majority of his time to this species, its associated habitats and ensuring targets set out under the CrBAP (Cheshire region Biodiversity Action Plan) are achieved.

Results

During one of the checks in woodland near Tilston, a nest was found which was identified as being very similar to that of a dormouse. Until a dormouse has been positively identified at the site it’s difficult to be absolutely certain dormice are present. For the rest or the nest tubes/boxes, no evidence of dormice was found.

Location

Country United Kingdom
Level Regional
Site Delamere Forest and surrounding woodlands
Region Cheshire County

Starting date

2007

Habitat Types

Forest/Woodland

Species

Species Caracteristics Protected species, Threatened species
Species Type Mammals
Name(s) of main species Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)

Partners

Leading partners Cheshire Wildlife Trust (http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/)
Other partners HUNTERS:BASC The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (https://basc.org.uk/)OTHERS:The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) (https://ptes.org/)

Publication(s)

Green Shoots in Cheshire Annual ReportsBen Gregory Cheshire Biodiversity Project Officer2008-2009-2010(https://basc.org.uk/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=247)

Weblinks

https://basc.org.uk/conservation/green-shoots/green-shoots-in-cheshire/