This one day course provides a basic introduction to dormouse ecology, with more detailed information on survey and handling techniques. The training includes practical sessions on dormouse handling and nibbled nut identification.
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. Artefacts such as nests will be available for close examination, followed by a practical session in small groups to identify nuts nibbled by a range of small mammals.
A practical handling session will enable participants to check nest boxes in Wildwood’s captive enclosures and to handle, sex and weigh adult dormice. There may also be the opportunity to observe or handle baby or juvenile dormice depending on time of year and breeding success.
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.
Beginner - Intermediate
No prior knowledge is assumed, but some basic dormouse ecology knowledge would be helpful.
- To develop safe and correct handling skills
- To practise accurate sexing, weighing and assessment of 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
Refreshments will be provided during the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.
Non Member Ticket