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Title of the project

Southwest Cheshire Dormouse Project


Hunters (who can be landowners) help landowners to connect 32 km of hedgerow and woodland habitat and to manage it in favourable conditions to allow dormice and other species to move in response of the climate change. They also check the dormouse boxes for evidence of summer/autumn nests (whilst the mice themselves are asleep in leaf little over winter).


Country United Kingdom
Level Local
Site The project is located on land and farms owned by 21 landowners across in southwest Cheshire. So there is not a single site for the project.
Region Cheshire West and Chester, a local government area in England

Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Other: Local authority level wildlife sites


Species Caracteristics Huntable species,Protected species
Species Type Birds,Mammals, Others: Plants
Name(s) of main species Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species http://ptes.org/Cheshire Wildlife Trust http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/Chester Zoo http://www.chesterzoo.org/Cheshire West and Chester Council http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/
Other partners Natural England http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ Forestry Commission http://www.forestry.gov.uk/The Woodland Trust https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds http://www.rspb.org.uk/ The Farming and Wildlife Advisory group http://www.fwag.org.uk/

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

We applied for and gained £74,261 of funding from SITA Trust. They are an organisation that distributes public funds generated by taxation on waste going into landfill. BASC provided £9650 to the project in order for SITA Trust to pay their proportion of the project.This makes a total budget of £83,911.Of this, £46,326 was allocated to the costs of the project officer. £37,085 to fund habitat works and £500 to purchase dormouse nest boxes

Estimation of Human Resources needed

We did not record this exactly but it would be in the region of:21 landownerscirca 30 hunterscirca 15 volunteer surveyors