We are delighted that our Senior Ecologist Laura Murray has recently been granted a Natural England dormouse survey licence, allowing her to lead surveys for the European Protected Species hazel dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius.
Dormouse habitats include deciduous, mixed and coniferous woodland and hedgerows. Dormice are found in England and Wales and are more common in southern counties. If suitable habitat is found during initial site assessments then presence/likely absence surveys may be required. Surveys for dormice involve installing nest boxes or tubes and then checking them monthly to see if they have been occupied by dormice. The survey season extends from April to October/November. Survey licenses are required from Natural England to allow dormice to be disturbed in boxes or tubes.
Surveys may be required where dormice or their habitat may be affected by proposed developments, allowing us to help clients develop a robust ecological baseline to support planning applications, avoid impacts where possible and develop mitigation proposals when needed.
This licence strengthens Wild Service’s team’s in-house survey skill set, and enables a quick response and effective solutions where dormice are concerned. Contact the ecology team if you require any further information by emailing us.