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Improved dormouse habitat at Fingle

Volunteers clearing brash

Volunteers clearing brash

Jim tending the fire

Jim tending the fire

 

Tawny owl pellet with woodmouse fur and bones

Tawny owl pellet with woodmouse fur and bones

by Matt Parkins

The Woodland Trust Fingle volunteers worked hard on Saturday to improve a corner of Cod Wood as a habitat for dormice. Tom Wood and the National Trust volunteers had already cut some douglas fir to let the light in to improve the hazel coppice and wildflowers, but the heaps of brash had to go. They spent the morning clearing brash and put up dormouse nest boxes in the afternoon. We found a tawny owl pellet. Look closely at the picture – you can see the lower jaw of a mouse with a yellow upper tooth nearby. This is now confirmed as a woodmouse – not a dormouse!

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