Dormice - Species Survey

The common or hazel dormouse is protected by the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, prohibiting the capture, disturbance, injury or killing of dormice. In addition, damage or destruction of their breeding sites and resting places is prohibited.

Dormice live in hedgerows, woodland and scrub, rarely spending any time on the ground. Where development may affect or breach hedgerows, woodland or other suitable habitat and dormice have been recorded locally, species specific surveys should be carried out. Surveys can only be carried out when dormice are active, through the spring, summer and early autumn. To help reduce delays to your project, contact Stark Ecology Ltd leaving plenty of time to complete this survey work if it is likely to be required.

If dormice are identified at your project site and their habitat will be affected by your proposals, we can assist with the licensing process to allow your works to proceed lawfully.