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Digest 19 October 2000 - Vol. 1, No. 10

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1) British Dormousers are Alive and Kicking! (D. Smith)

Dear Werner, British dormousers are alive and kicking. Fear not!

I work with dormice in northern England and so far we have not found a single dormouse from 200 boxes. On the question of boxes attracting dormice, I think this occurs only where natural nest sites are in short supply. A situation like this occurs in the Wyre Forest in the Midlands of England where dormice survive in almost pure coniferous woodland. Their use of the boxes provided is quite high due to lack of natural nest sites in this habitat. In Northumberland the habitat is much different with rock faces, crags and ivy. In UK Paul Bright gave a talk at The Mammal Society conference this year where he estimates density at only 3 -4 per. ha averaged across UK, much lower than previuos estimates. Population densities of between 1 and 4 per. ha. seem reasonable for dormice. It is good to discuss dormice with Dr. Juškaitis, maybe it will be possible to exchange visits? We plan to visit Sweden in 2001 to compare habitats.

Kind regards, Darren Smith

2) Advice on "British" Glis in the Roof? (J. Brumby)

Fascinating site! For the last 6 months we thought we had rats. Two days ago, I finally caught a glimpse of the mammal that had been making so much noise in our roof. I am pretty sure it is a Glis Glis - we are in the right area (Bucks) and it looks just like the pictures you have on the site. We have Environmental Health coming on Wednesday- we won't ask them to do anything at the moment. What is your advice to people with Glis Glis? Should the species be killed as non-native to the UK, should they be caught and kept in captivity or should they be left as they are? We would be happy to participate in future studies of the Glis Glis.

Jake Brumby
High Wycombe, UK

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