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Does anyone knowing have Dormice in their garden and if so did you do anything to attract them?
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  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 1,935
    Lucky you if you have them in your garden.  
    If you haven't already done so, I'd contact your local Wildlife Trust - not only to report their presence but also to perhaps advise you on how you can best keep them happy and thriving :)
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,628
    They are rare, hard to spot and protected in the UK.


  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 316
    If I have them I haven't seen them sadly. 
    I just wondered if anyone did. 
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,030
    I've found them in my parents' garden. The key is to have well-connected, diverse habitat. They've got an old orchard, lots of poorly maintained hedges, loads of different seasonal fruit plants that have lots of surplus for wildlife and no pesticides. An ecologist I work with has offered me some specialist nest boxes for them so I hope to be adding those later this year.
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  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 345
    Yes, we had doormice - we found an amazing nest that was made around a gooseberry branch. It was completely round with a hole in it. We were very surprised to find it and had not done anything, as such, to attract it ... but that might have been the key - nothing ... i.e. no weeding, no pesticides - just a wild gooseberry patch within a wild and neglected garden. That said, we have not seen any evidence since, either. We did not actually see the doormouse, just it's beautiful nest. The garden has always been very neglected due to work commitments. 
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,628
    Wild Edges - did you see the animals or the nests or both?
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,628
    edited 8 July
    Wow - is that your pic? :o

    Do they nest in the nest boxes? I would love to hear one snore.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,628
    I can't see why the Romans ate edible dormice. How much meat would be on one of those? It's all fluff...
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,030
    Fire said:
    Wow - is that your pic? :o

    Do they nest in the nest boxes? I would love to hear one snore.
    Yes that's my photo. I had the wrong camera with me of course :(  They nest in the boxes as long as the entrance hole is turned to face the tree, and it seems to help if the tree is covered with ivy. More often though I get wood mice in them and I don't know if that puts the dormice off. The one in the photo was very awake sadly so I didn't get to hear the snoring. Once I know there's one using a box I leave them well alone.

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