Hazel Dormouse-Handling and Survey Methods


This one day course provides a basic introduction to dormouse ecology, with more detailed information on survey and handling techniques. The training includes a practical handling session.


A basic introduction to dormouse ecology followed by more detailed information about dormouse survey and handling techniques including nut searches, nest identification and the use of nest boxes and nest tubes for survey and monitoring. Relevant legislation and how to complete NDMP recording forms will also be covered. Artefacts including nests and nuts and seeds nibbled by a range of small mammals will be available for close examination.

A practical handling session will enable participants to check nest boxes in our captive enclosures and to handle, sex and weigh adult dormice. There may also be the opportunity to observe or handle baby or juvenile dormice depending on time of year and breeding success.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone training for a dormouse handling licence.

Knowledge of basic ecology of dormice would be useful but this will be re-capped on the course.

Knowledge Level

Beginner – Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  • To develop safe and correct handling skills
  • To practise accurate sexing, weighing and assessment of breeding condition and age
  • To be able to identify nibbled nuts and dormouse nests
  • To be able to summarise nest box and nest tube monitoring methods
  • To know how to complete recording forms


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Lunch is not provided.

Key Information

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CIEEM Member: £170 / Non-member: £220






Ecology, Workshop & Practical Skills



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