Dormouse Day at Hazel Hill Wood

By Charley Miller | January 28 2019

Dormouse Day at Hazel Hill Wood

Blog Category: Volunteer opportunityBlog Tags: Children & Young People, Education and Education

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    Hazel Hill Wood, 7 miles east of Salisbury, is about to embark on a survey to look for the adorable and elusive hazel dormouse – and they need your help! On Sunday 10th February a free Conservation Day is being held when volunteers set up “dormouse tubes” around the woodland.

     

    Dormouse tubes are used to determine the presence of dormice. Putting them up in February means that when dormice emerge from winter hibernation, they may use the tube for shelter. Regular checks will be made throughout spring and summer to look for signs that they’ve visited – including hair, food remains and nests.

     

    Dormouse Day forms part of a series of Volunteer Conservation Days and offers the chance to roam in a beautiful, peaceful, private woodland, learn about British wildlife with local experts, all fuelled by ample hot drinks and homemade cake. All ages are welcome (children accompanied by a responsible adult). Hazel Hill Wood is an ancient woodland site and has been designated as a Local Wildlife Site. It is home to many rare species including barbastelle bats, white admiral butterflies and glow worms.

     

    “The potential to find signs of dormice living at Hazel Hill is really exciting for me. They’ve never been recorded here, but the habitat conditions look good for them, so I’m hopeful that we’ll find them over the course of this year. This “dormouse day” is part of our Volunteer Conservation Day programme – we want to develop an active community of local people to help us care for and enjoy our wonderful woodland. I joined the team in January 2018, and seeing the change in the wood through the seasons has been beautiful and sometimes surprising. To know that my actions are contributing to maintaining and enhancing this space for wildlife is an amazing feeling – and you can be part of that too!” Charley Miller, Conservation and Education Coordinator, Hazel Hill Wood

     

    For more details and to book on, please contact Charley on 07905 007021 or adventures@hazelhill.org.uk. If you need help getting to Hazel Hill Wood, please let Charley know and she will help to arrange transport if possible.

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