Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) is a predominantly nocturnal, arboreal species (i.e. spending the majority of life in trees) most often associated with ancient woodlands and old hazel coppice, along with mature hedgerows especially when these are linked to suitable woodland habitat.
Dormouse is provided full legal protection and it is an offence to kill, injure, or disturb dormouse and to damage, destroy or obstruct access to the habitats of this species.
Surveying for dormouse in accordance with the published guidelines can take between 6-12 months and should therefore be planned in as early as possible.
GreenLink Ecology Ltd. employs Natural England licence holders who are able to undertake all elements of dormouse survey work, apply for development licences and implement mitigation strategies.