hedgerows for dormice project
Hedgerows are not only invaluable wildlife habitat but are integral to our culture, history and archaeology. Since the Second World War there has been a drastic loss of hedgerows and a decline in numbers of species like the hazel dormouse that depend on them. Threats to hedgerows include neglect, incorrect timing of management and over trimming. This can lead to the development of gaps and loss of connectivity.
In October 2008, People’s Trust for Endangered Species was awarded a Countdown 2010 grant from Natural England for a two-and-a-half year project aimed at reconnecting isolated dormice populations by gapping-up and planting hedgerows and encouraging good practice in hedgerow management.
The project has now come to an end. Read the HfD newsletter by clicking here, for a summary of the project’s achievements.
Choose an option in the left hand menu to find out more about the project and ways you can still get involved, or download the Hedgerows for Dormice Project leaflet by clicking here.