Watch dormouse volunteers in action

Hazel dormouse numbers have crashed in recent years. But thanks to painstaking research and an army of volunteers, these shy little mammals are returning to our woods.

Dormouse reintroduction

Amy-Jane Beer reports on the reintroduction of a 42-strong population of captive-bred hazel dormice to a Nottinghamshire wood. It's a huge step forward from 30 years ago, when precious little was known about this rare, elusive species. Since then, thanks to nestbox studies, much has been learned about dormouse biology and ecology.

Hazel dormice have been lost across much of England during the last century. This reintroduction marks an important step towards re-establishing the species throughout its historic range.

View this fascinating dormouse reintroduction video: 

You can read more about the the hazel dormouse reintroduction project in the August issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine

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