Dormouse Nut Survey Form
Site Details (if you are sending nuts from multiple sites please ensure
that nuts from each site are clearly labelled)
Date of survey
Name of survey area
6 figure OS grid ref
Habitat: Hedgerow /woodland/other (please state) * delete as
Your details (these will be kept on internal databases only and not disclosed)
*Optional – it
helps us to
Please send your hazelnuts to: Action for Wildlife, Parke, Bovey
Tracey, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9JQ.
We will confirm if any of the nuts you send are authentically dormouse-
Please tick here if you would like more information about the
Action for Wildlife Project.
We share all of our dormouse with the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre. No personal details will
be passed on.
Thank you for your help
Dartmoor Dormouse Survey…
Photo: Devon Wildlife Trust/K. Sumner
…in a nutshell
Dormice are small, nocturnal mammals
weighing about the same as two £1 coins.
Bright golden in colour and with a thick
furry tail and large black eyes, they are easily
distinguished from other small animals.
They feed on flowers, pollen, fruit, insects and
ripe nuts, and require a continuous availability of
foods throughout spring and summer; therefore hazel, honeysuckle,
bramble and oak are particularly important in providing food.
On Dartmoor, they use a range of habitats such as hedgebanks, oak woods,
wet woodlands, Rhos pastures and plantation fringes.
Why do a survey?
Dormice are rapidly declining in the UK, largely due to habitat loss and
fragmentation. Though Devon is regarded as a national stronghold, the
distribution of dormice on Dartmoor is not well understood, with only a
few recent records for the species. By learning which areas still have
dormice, action can be taken to protect their habitat. Also, where