Devon and Cornwall joint Dormouse Meeting 21st Feb 2017
Dormice are protected in this country and are a priority for conservation. They have declined by at least a third since 2000 (although this could be as high as a 70% decline between the years 2003 and 2014). So said Ian White, the dormouse officer for the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), who gave a fascinating talk about the hazel dormouse at the joint Devon and Cornwall dormouse meeting on Tuesday. Both Colin and I attended the meeting where we heard from a number of speakers including Ian White from PTES and students at Exeter University. The number of projects currently being carried out on dormice show that there is still a lot to learn about this species. From competition for resources with nesting birds to how a population is affected by habitat disturbance (both subjects of 2 current research projects).