Use of nestboxes by the dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius

  • Published source details Morris P.A., Bright P.W. & Woods D. (1990) Use of nestboxes by the dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius. Biological Conservation, 51, 1-13.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees

    A controlled study in 1986 in a woodland in Somerset, UK (Morris et al. 1990) found that nest boxes increased dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius abundance after 2–3 months. In woodland plots with nest boxes, more dormice were caught (8–11 dormice/plot) than in plots without nest boxes (3–6 dormice/plot). Within a 4-ha woodland, nest boxes were installed in two plots (0.8 and 1.2 ha), and two similar plots did not have nest boxes installed. Boxes, had internal dimensions of 115 ×130 × 120 mm and a 35-mm entrance hole. They were installed in May 1986, with the hole facing the tree, at a density of c.30 boxes/ha. Relative dormouse abundance in each plot was determined from live-trapping over 10 nights, simultaneously in box and non-box plots, in both July and August 1986.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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