At last, Spring is here, and it is a welcome sight after the cold and dark winter. The lengthening of the day, blossoming of flowers, and flush of leaves all bring a sense of joy and hope. For the dormouse, it is time to wake from its winter slumber. This month we have collaborated with PTES to bring you some videos.
The first is presented by Matt Parkins of Raven Quest and is a visual guide to dormouse surveying at Fingle Woods.
The second is a celebratory video about dormice, featuring Ian White. It offers some key tips on how you can help with dormouse conservation.
Who are PTES?
PTES is a charity that has been standing up for wildlife for over 40 years. With the help of scientists, conservationists, landowners, and the general public, they are working to protect our delicately balanced ecosystem by bringing our most threatened species back from the brink. Their grant programmes support the very best scientific researchers and wildlife experts out in the field. This evidence-based research guides worldwide conservation.
Who is Raven Quest?
Raven Quest works to protect and promote the wildlife around Dartmoor and other parts of Devon. The health and vitality of woodland and moorland are at the heart of Raven Quest’s aspiration and the conservation of these crucial wild habitats is at the forefront of their work with the Woodland Trust.
Did you know Wildcare donates 10p to PTES for every Dormouse Footprint tunnel sold?
Dormouse footprints are distinctive from other small arboreal mammals. If you are going to deploy the tracking tunnels you should definitely get your supplies so that you can survey between May and October.
Undertaking footprint tracking is a good complementary method to nest tube surveys that can be undertaken from April to November.