Dainty dormice

PUBLISHED: 15:54 03 December 2010 | UPDATED: 08:56 21 February 2013

The UK's dormouse population has dropped by approximately 70 per cent over the past 25 years with just 40,000 thought to be remaining. Britain has two species of dormice, the cute, but rare Hazel Dormouse and the Edible...

The UK's dormouse population has dropped by approximately 70 per cent over the past 25 years with just 40,000 thought to be remaining. Britain has two species of dormice, the cute, but rare Hazel Dormouse and the Edible Dormouse. Along with a lot of other wildlife, the dormouse is gradually losing its habitat through the disappearance of natural hedgerows and a lack of food sources during the winter. These inoffensive creatures feed on a diet of pollen, nectar, insects, fruits and nuts and only appear in your garden at night.

Although they hibernate from October to May, they will also be quite lethargic during spring and summer, nestling somewhere warm and dry to conserve their energy.

Let's help these endearing, golden-coated mammals survive by providing a specialist hibernation box or if you want to go a step further, plant a hedge.

For more information, visit www.birdfood.co.uk, or call Freephone 0800 731 2820.

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