Checking dormouse boxes in Devon

Jan Whittington checking dormouse boxes
[Maggie] I’m working towards my dormouse handling licence, so we can join the national monitoring scheme.
I’ve done the theory part of the course, now for the practical: checking boxes with experienced Devon dormouse expert Janice Whittington. I won’t say where exactly as this woodland, though private, is bordered by a bridlepath. Unfortunately, many of Jan’s boxes, put up a good few years ago, have now gone – presumably vandalised, so she is no longer adding more. But we did find two occupied nests, and also, rather sadly, a dead dormouse. No clues as to why it died, but Jan will send it for analysis…
hazel dormouse