For a more sturdy and durable option try the Heavy Duty Dormouse Box.
You may also be interested in the Standard Dormouse Nest Box with Perspex Inner Screen which prevents dormice from escaping and minimises the risk of injuries whilst you check for occupancy.
The hazel dormouse has declined across Europe and is now protected by extensive legislation requiring that their habitat is protected. Dormouse nest boxes are an important conservation tool as they boost local dormouse population density and are used in survey monitoring, habitat enhancement and re-introduction schemes. However, dormouse boxes will only be useful if there is evidence that there are dormice in the area.
This Standard Dormouse Nest Box is solidly built from FSC wood with a removable lid for monitoring and wire closure. Boxes should be sited well away from public areas, near a potential routeway such as honeysuckle or leaning branches. Position approximately 1.5m above ground, on a hazel tree trunk or other suitable support, with the hole facing inwards to reduce occupation by birds. Use wire loops to attach the box to the tree rather than nails, making use of the notches in the box.
Please note: Dormice are legally protected and must not be handled or disturbed unless you have a licence to do so. Dormouse monitors may also be interested in our Dormouse Nest Tubes and Heavy Duty Polythene Bags to aid in surveying.
You may also be interested in the Standard Dormouse Nest Box with Perspex Inner Screen which prevents dormice from escaping whilst you check for occupancy.
* Height: 22.5cm
* Width: 13.7cm
* Depth: 18.5cm
* Weight: 1.59kg
* Material: FSC certified softwood
Prospective buyers of this box may wish to be aware that although the box is a solid and sturdy construction, there is, in my opinion, a flaw in the design of the lid.
To ensure the safety of any dormice occupying a box many designs of dormice box feature a sliding lid, to enable the box to be inspected, without risk of the dormouse escaping, or being injured.
The lid on this box has to be lifted off, for the contents of the box to be viewed.
Potentially, any active dormice occupying the box can then escape into the tree tops. More worrying, if the lid is just lifted slightly, any dormice trying to escape in the smaller gap, could then get trapped / squashed if the lid is attempted to be closed.
During breeding, when a mother and many youngsters could be found in one box, the problem of escaping or squashed animals is multiplied.
It is for this reason that many professional, or regular volunteer dormice monitors, favour a box with a sliding lid. Far safer for the precious occupants.