Hazel Dormouse: Handling and Survey Methods

Please Note: This course will be delivered to booked delegates remotely via Zoom on 18 May 10am to 1pm, with a second Zoom session on 8 June 10am to 1pm.

The maximum delegate number for the course remains unchanged in order to ensure value and interactivity and as such if the button below says 'Add name to waiting list' then the course is fully booked.


This course will be delivered as two three-hour Zoom sessions and will provide a basic introduction to dormouse ecology, with more detailed information on survey and handling techniques.


A basic introduction to dormouse ecology is followed by more detailed information about dormouse survey and handling techniques including nut searches, nest identification and the use of nest boxes and nest tubes for survey and monitoring. Relevant legislation and how to complete NDMP recording forms will also be covered.

The course will include a small amount of homework to be prepared by delegates prior to each of the two sessions.

Who Should Attend?

Those currently training for a dormouse handling licence or those who already hold a licence but haven't handled dormice for a while and require a refresher session or to improve their technique.

Knowledge of basic ecology of dormice would be useful but this will be re-capped on the course.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is assumed, but some basic dormouse ecology knowledge would be helpful.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand safe and correct handling methods.
  • To know how to accurately sex, weigh and assess breeding condition and age.
  • To know how to identify nibbled nuts and dormouse nests.
  • To be able to summarise nest box and nest tube monitoring methods.
  • To know how to complete recording forms.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £170.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £220.00