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Dormice

Dormice

 

Dormouse surveys

 

  • Nut searches
  • Nest tube/box surveys
  • Nest searches
  • Activity surveys using night vision equipment.
  • Monitoring surveys.

 

Impact assessment

 

  • Identification of potential direct and indirect impacts, both at the site level and in a wider perspective: risks of disturbing, injurying or killing dormice, habitat modification, loss, fragmentation or isolation, post development interference impacts and poor data situations or ‘last minute discoveries’
  • Quantification of potential impacts in terms of extent, magnitude, duration, timing, frequency, reversibility and cumulative effects.
  • Strategic advice on project feasibility

 

Licences

 

Preparation of licence applications to permit otherwise unlawful acts in relation to hazel dormice.

 

Hazel dormice: mitigation licence application form (A35-1)

 

Method statement for a hazel dormouse mitigation licence

 

Work schedule for a hazel dormouse mitigation licence

 

Mitigation

 

  • Precautionary working method statements, tool box talks, services in ecological clerk of works role.
  • Habitat design plans including nest boxes and beneficial planting and landscaping schemes.
  • Relocation of dormice to suitable habitat prepared in advance.
  • Destructive searches: strip and two phase winter clearance of hazel dormouse habitat.