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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 9:34 pm    Post subject: I've never ever seen one  Reply with quote

A Dormouse, have you ever seen one ?


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8062757.stm


I wish  I had.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once in the wild but that was sometime in the late 60s or early 70s as I was about 5 give or take a couple of years.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never seen one in the wild but have seen their nibbled nuts! Our friends in France (nr Limoge) have them in their cellars. The edible sort apparantly....though who could bring themselves to eat such a gorgeous little creature? Love Lizzie
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been fortunate enough to have seen Dormice on a quite regular basis, i am involved through work and as an interest in there monitoring. I am a licensed Dormouse handler! It is illegal to harm a Dormouse or its habitat. We have 80 Dormouse boxes up on several sites and these are monitored several times a year.  
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PB19- poor little beggars having your big sweaty palm grabbing at them

PB made me 4 Dormouse nest boxes as I have some signs that they are about here- he is a skilled carpenter as well as a trained mouse fiddler
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poultryboy_19 wrote:
I have been fortunate enough to have seen Dormice on a quite regular basis, i am involved through work and as an interest in there monitoring. I am a licensed Dormouse handler! It is illegal to harm a Dormouse or its habitat. We have 80 Dormouse boxes up on several sites and these are monitored several times a year.


Are there supposed to be any on the Llyn ? Could you have a look and see if their range extends to us ? I planted a load of hazel trees a few years ago just in case.

PS. Could you possibly give us a run down on how to make dormouse boxes ?
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a child I have only ever seen one in the wild.. unfortunatly it was dead day after the local farmer had cropped his land.

But a few years ago I was shocked when a Reptile shop in Coventry was selling them as pets!!!
Of course I kicked up a stink over this I belive they are endagered species? the comment from the shop owner was "there hand reared CB's" (Captive Bred)
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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unfortunatly it was dead


Anything would be wild in that situation.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something for you to do this Autumn.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8299296.stm

I'd really like to see one in the wild, I've even planted a coppice of hazel in the fond hope.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bodger,

Your hazel coppice will also be appreciated by the Bees, Hazel is an important source of early pollen.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are growing really well. I planted them around ten years ago. There's some good looking sticks  as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only seen one. It was most beautiful russet brown colour that I have ever seen

A few years ago I bought a bale of barley straw for the Guinea Pigs from the farm neighbouring us in Bury St Edmunds. when I broke open the bale the Doormouse was inside. It stayed in my worksop all winter, along side the Cavy cages, and contrary to the belief that they hibenate winter long, it was often seen on winter's evenings even in the coldest of weather, when I fed and watered the Guinea pigs
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
Something for you to do this Autumn.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8299296.stm

I'd really like to see one in the wild, I've even planted a coppice of hazel in the fond hope.


If you are ever down in the westcountry you would be welcome to come out when i am monitoring boxes might be lucky enough to see one or two.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to take you upon that offer. What time of year do you do the monitoring ?
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