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A year of Dormouse surveying

At Fingle we are lucky enough to have a wood filled with all kinds of different wildlife from Roe Deer to Salmon and Dippers. Yet there is one species in particular that lives here – the Hazel Dormouse. I have volunteered with the Fingle team for the past two years. During this time, I have…

Five Years at Fingle – What Do We Know Now?

Since the Fingle Woods restoration project began in late 2013, a lot has changed. Volunteers have cleared clumps of invasive plants and built new bridges while contractors have cut down conifers and thinned out timber trees. The aim of all this work has been to raise Fingle’s potential as a wild haven by increasing the…

What’s in the Box?

The hazel dormouse is one of those woodland animals that, just by its presence in the woods, gives us an indication of where the healthy habitats are. As a tree dwelling species, dormice need unbroken woodland cover to move around; foraging and finding a mate. They need a succession of food sources to keep them…

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Time for a Rest – Fingle Dormouse Review (December 2017)

The reputation of the dormouse is a drowsy, dozy little creature that spends half its life asleep but, while this is partly true, when the dormice of Fingle Woods are active, they are very lively. During the spring, summer and autumn they are super-agile, bustling around the woods, foraging in the trees and raising the…