Dormouse habitat compensation works

We have been undertaking dormouse mitigation works for our client on a site in Oxfordshire, which has included laying a 100m length of hedge. The hedge has been laid to compensate for previous woodland thinning and to act as a connector between two sides of the site. We have installed stock fencing around the newly laid hedge to prevent deer and sheep from nibbling the shoots.

For the second year running, we have set up cameras to monitor the use by dormice of connecting dormouse bridges which we had designed. Vegetation on the site had been partially cleared for our client and to mitigate the effect on the dormice population, the tree canopy was retained and the two bridges were set up to connect one side of the site to the other.

We look forward to the results of the monitoring with some excitement.

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