great nut hunt
The hazel dormouse is Britain’s only native dormouse species. Hazel dormice were once widespread in the UK but they are now rare and vulnerable to extinction in this country. They are mostly found only in the southern counties of England and Wales.
To help plan better conservation action, we need to find out where dormice still occur, so we are asking for your help to find woods in England and Wales which still have dormice. Fortunately, it’s not necessary to see these secretive animals to know that they’re present as they leave signs of their presence in the form of carefully opened hazel nuts. This is what the Great Nut Hunt is all about.
To take part in the Great Nut Hunt please click here or call 0207 498 4533.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far. The latest Great Nut Hunt found nearly 17,000 nibbled nuts and identified 69 new dormice sites.
- Click here to read an update on the Golden Great Nut Hunt that took place in the winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11
other dormouse sightings
If you would like to record a sighting of a hazel dormouse, or set up a regular monitoring site then please click here or call us on 020 7498 4533.