Dormice are never found in great numbers but the south west of England and Devon in particular, has possibly the densest distribution in the UK. Consequently, our ecologists have a great deal of experience in identifying dormice habitat and the signs of dormice. Green Ecology have also been involved in many successful examples of mitigation resulting in developments being able to proceed smoothly and within the Law.
Dormice are arboreal creatures which rarely travel on the ground, preferring to move around the countryside through the network of hedgerows or through the tree canopy of woodland. Removal of hedges or section of hedges is therefore an issue for this creature, which is protected from killing or disturbance by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981 and amendments).
A long hibernation period (November to March) means that the timing of development works coupled with habitat manipulation carried out by one of our trained contractors is often sufficient mitigation in order to stay within the Law. However if their primary habitat needs to be removed or translocated then a European Protected Species License (EPSL) is needed which will involve one of our licensed ecologists overseeing such works. Every site is different and when working with Dormice we are frequently able to help progress a development through our proactive and pragmatic advice as we aim to achieve the best outcome in each case.
Green Ecology can provide the following services related to dormice:
- Habitat assessment
- Dormouse nut survey
- Dormouse nest box/tube survey
- Legislation & policy advice
- EPS licence application and method statements
- Mitigation, compensation and enhancement advice
- Monitoring surveys – required as a condition of development licences
For more information about dormice and how we can deliver timely and cost effective solutions to your project please get in touch.