Saturday, 23 July 2011

Noar Hill Dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius L.) survey

The highlight of the morning for our cohort of dormice surveyors, a single torpid female dormice weighing in at 18.5g found in the last nest box checked, sleeping under brown leaves over what may have been an old birds nest.

Earlier a birds nest was found containing 8-10 eggs, although it was unclear whether it remained a viable nest? A quick search of the internet back at home and the origin of the eggs remain uncertain Cf tree-creeper (Certhia familiaris); wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) or blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)?

The other cohort of surveyors totalled five dormice on site, including both a breeding and non-breeding pair.

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