Wednesday, June 28, 2017

UK dormice in danger of extinction as numbers plummet 72 per cent in 21 years

UK dormice in danger of extinction as numbers plummet 72 per cent in 21 years

The number of dormice in the UK – described as one of the country’s “most endearing woodland mammals” – has fallen by more than 70 per cent in just two decades and they are now at risk of extinction, researchers have warned.


The hazel dormouse, the only kind native to Britain, is a protected species and efforts are already underway to boost its numbers.


However a survey of 26,000 nest boxes in 400 forests found that its population fell by 72 per cent between 1993 and 2014.


The reasons behind the decline are unclear, but woodland management, habitat loss and climate change are among the possible explanations.


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