We were all delighted when we spotted a dormouse when out with the volunteer group last Sunday.
Hazel dormice are a priority species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan suffering a huge decline across the UK due to habitat loss. They feed on hazelnuts, berries, buds and insects and are generally found in coppiced hazel woodland or older types of coppiced woodland and mature hedgerows.
Here is a picture of the mouse (which are hibernating this time of year) being held by one of our volunteers who is involved with the dormice survey around Kilkhampton Castle.
Boscastle to Morwenstow rangers.