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Dormouse box check September 2016: lifting Sophie's curse

I was very excited about this month’s dormouse box check, after the promising signs last month, finding a pregnant dormouse and a young family. I was expecting to find boxes of bouncy young dormice, ready to explode out like jack-in-the-boxes as soon as the lid was removed. 608 more words


Dining on Dormouse

Bowl of charred figs & olives from Pompeii – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Photo by cjverb (Aug, 2016)

Today we continue our trip through the ruins of Pompeii (courtesy of the… 444 more words


The Furnace Place Dormouse Project: connecting a community with the sleepy woodland (?) citizen

After a busy week of hedgerows, harvest mice and River’s Week planning, time to relax…with a Dormouse Box Check!

9am in the woods at Furnace Place Estate (FPE), I met with Margaret, Wendy, Alan Mary and Nigel from the… 832 more words


Dormouse box check, August 16

As we assembled for this month’s box check I was in two minds about whether to go ahead with it. It was raining, which isn’t ideal, as you don’t want any disturbed dormice getting soggy (their fur isn’t waterproof). 593 more words


How I Write

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on the question of how I write, and I’ve come to this conclusion:

I write like I’m five years old. 643 more words

New Orleans

August 2016 Survey


We attempted an extra survey on Friday 19th August, additional to the those we usually carry out in May, June, September and October. We were hoping to learn more about dormouse breeding behaviour by capturing and chipping animals born early this year. 119 more words

July 2016 Dormouse Box Check

July’s dormouse box check got off to a good start. As I looked into my first box of the day, a lively dormouse appeared.

By the time I had got the box off the tree, into the bag, the dormouse had turned shy, burrowing beneath the nest. 253 more words