Course: Dormouse Ecology

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Tidenham Chase, Gloucestershire
17th October 2019

www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk 01452 383333 Ellen Winter

Cost: £125

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife


As a Principal Ecologist and a Lecturer in mammal behaviour, regular dormouse monitor Dr Elizabeth Pimley shares her extensive knowledge of dormouse ecology and the survey skills needed to obtain a dormouse license.

Includes dormouse ecology, conservation, and practical experience at a long running monitoring site.

Course expectations

Over the day the course will cover:

  • British dormouse classification and species identification
  • Hazel dormouse ecology
  • Protected species legislation
  • Dormouse habitat management and mitigation theory
  • Survey licensing (Natural England)
  • Survey calendar
  • Surveying techniques, measurements and data collection
  • Handling and animal welfare
  • Practical surveying using dormouse nest boxes
    • Design and construction
    • Optimal density, positioning and difficulties in practice
    • Nest box checking, handling and dormouse data collection
    • Equipment cleaning and sterilisation

This course contributes to the knowledge, skills and evidence needed to apply for a protected species license, but to obtain a license, attendees will need to train for at least a survey season and obtain the required two handling experience references.


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