Action for Biodiversity

The Dormouse Trail

Lizzie coppicing 3.JPG (4237316 bytes) Peter burning in coppice area.JPG (3978124 bytes)
Volunteers cut the new trail through the hazel coppice area to create a circular walk, and burn up the arisings. The clearance has increased the amount of light that falls on the woodland floor and the bluebells, violets and foxgloves have sprung up. Evidence for the presence of dormice has been found by looking for hazelnuts which the dormice eat in a very distinctive way, it is hoped that by increasing the amount of light in the woods more suitable dormouse habitat will be created.