dormouse license

Martin, an assistant ecologist at Acorn Ecology London & South-East office, now has a Natural England licence to survey hazel dormice.  Martin has been working closely with the Surrey Dormouse Group for a couple of seasons and is part of the dormouse licence mentoring scheme.  Martin has been going on regular monthly dormouse checks with his dormouse licence mentor, Kathryn Killner, as part of the NDMP (National Dormouse Monitoring Program).  Further information on joining the Surrey Dormouse Group can be found here.

Martin went on the Surrey Dormouse Group training day as well as signing up to Acorn Ecology’s Certificate PLUS course where he learnt about the survey techniques and ecology of dormice.  More information on Acorn Ecology’s Certificate PLUS course can be found here.

Martin is now hoping that he can take charge of a new site in Surrey where he can regularly monitor the dormice so that he can contribute further to the NDMP.

Dormice are a priority species in the south-east and have suffered a huge decline in the last few decades.  According to the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) State of Britain’s Dormice (2016). report, dormouse numbers have declined by 38% since 2000.  Here in Surrey, where Martin is based, we are fortunate to have a stronghold for this species.

Martin is now licenced to conduct surveys for dormice on development sites. He will continue monitoring sites with NDMP in his spare time as well, helping to contribute to the data being collected on this species in Surrey.

dormouse license
dormouse license

Joining the monthly dormouse box checks at a woodland site 30 minutes from my home has been very enjoyable and satisfying to know that I am helping with the NDMP here in Surrey.  I am very fortunate to have been helped by the Surrey Dormouse Group, in particular by Kathryn Killner who has a vast understanding of dormice, which has meant I have been able to learn a lot about dormice in a short period of time.  I am now hoping to run my own monthly dormouse box checks at a new site in Surrey, which I am really excited about”.   

Martin obtained a great crested newt licence last year, enabling him to survey great crested newts on development sites and is now working towards his bat licence.

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