Wildlife Research and Conservation

Records of dormice from you - beautiful photos and images of rare garden dormice

Garden dormouse (Photo: Jana Holá)

As previously reported, during the last year we have started a two-year nationwide monitoring project of the occurrence of the edible dormouse. The dormouse is quite a nice animal and one which people can come across in their cottages, on feeders, in hives, or sheds so we try to involve the public in our mapping.

We have had a great response after advertising in magazines, on the web and on Facebook! Already, we’ve received 75 public records. Generally, you have provided detailed observations and some great photos.

Here are some of the best ones submitted.

Dormice are sweet animals, with big eyes and long, fluffy tails. They can be lured out with food and sometimes you can get relatively close to them to see and observe them. They are interesting animals and can be quite surprising with their boldness.

Most fantastically, a member of the public has submitted a very special photo; the garden dormouse, the rarest dormouse in the Czech Republic. Its occurrence is now limited to Western Bohemia and every documented finding is of great conservational value (so thank you very much, Jana Holá).

We are still collecting data on the dormice for this year. If you see an edible (or any!) dormouse, please let us know, send us a photo or video.


Peter Adamík

Tel: 737475678

Email: peter.adamik@upol.cz


Kateřina Poledníková

Tel: 606598903

Email: katerina.polednikova@alkawildlife.eu

More information about the project ‘Extending the Dormouse and Determining Its Habitat in the Czech Republic’ can be found here.

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