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Dormouse surveying at Wild Woodbury rewilding Project

The whole LCES team have visited Wild Woodbury, Dorset as part of a field training day, with the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Wild Woodbury is a project in Bere Regis to improve the biodiversity and species abundance on 170ha of ex-farmland.

LCES staff spent the day installing dormouse tubes in suitable habitat across the site. The day provided the team with an excellent training opportunity to refresh our surveying skills prior to the main surveying season, but also to help this ecologically valuable project by providing evidence of dormouse presence on the site.

Lindsay placing a dormouse tube

Over the course of the day, the team placed hundereds of tube in the hedgerows and other suitable habitats across the site. Tubes have to be placed in an appropriate position within the hedgerow, not too high, and not too low, with the entrance to the tube facing into the hedge to allow the dormice to enter the tube without exposing themselves to predators.

In the coming months, the team will revisit the site, and check each box for signs of dormice, such as nests, or dormice themselves!

QField in the field

The training day also provided the opportunity to trial new surveying techniques, such as the use of QField, a mobile phone app for mapping.

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