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The hazel dormouse is a native British mammal. It is small in size and golden-brown in colour, with a furry tail and large black eyes. Sightings are rare due to its diminishing population and nocturnal habits. The distribution in the UK is largely confined to southern England and Wales where they are known to inhabit woodland, scrubs and hedgerows.
The dormice population is seriously endangered and fully protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. It is against the law to disturb them, or to damage their habitats. Dormice spend most of their active time high off the ground, rarely descending except to hibernate. Hibernation generally takes place from October until mid-April and they are therefore affected by ground disturbance in winter and early spring.
Surveys can be carried out to detect actual presence or demonstrate likely absence. These should be undertaken during the active period.
Phlorum can also provide advice on mitigation and compile European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) licence applications for developments likely to impact upon dormice.
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