Where hazel is present, nut hunts can determine dormouse presence. This method involves searching five 10m x 10m squares for twenty minutes for gnawed hazelnuts or alternatively collecting 100 nuts that have been opened by small rodents. Unlike other small mammals, dormice do not leave any transverse tooth marks across the rim of the nut shell, therefore dormouse opened nuts are easily recognisable.
BASC South East would like to establish a system where we have volunteers adopting areas to survey, completing these in October and reporting their findings to BASC, who will share the information with PTES to inform their dormice network knowledge. This is vital as it will ensure the continued legacy of the project, providing a community who will report back their findings in the long term. Please contact us to get involved and receive your Nut Hunt Survey Guide.
BASC would really appreciate your help to enable us to do even more. You can make a substantial contribution by using Green Shoots Mapping and logging your shooting land and the species and habitats that use it. If you would like to get involved in the South East please use the Contact tab to get in touch and find out more or click here for the Green Shoots Mapping online tool.