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Britain has two species of dormouse - the hazel dormouse and the less prepossessing edible dormouse. Unfortunately the hazel dormouse has become very rare, while the edible dormouse is an unwelcome visitor in houses, where it gnaws electric cables and creates havoc. This book is an account of the fascinating intricacies of these two species - similar yet very different.
Our native hazel dormice are so elusive that hardly anything was known about their ecology until Pat Morris and his students began studying the species in the early 1980s. Pat initiated conservation-related research, introduced nationwide monitoring projects and, for ten years, jointly coordinated English Nature's Species Recovery Programme for the dormouse.
The edible dormouse is not a native creature; Lord Rothschild let one escape in 1902. Through his research into the native species, Pat became drawn into working on the edible dormouse also and has unearthed many curious facts about it.
As a result of these research and conservation programmes more is now known about dormice than about many mammals that are actually more common. New information on both species has been included in the second edition of this highly informative book.
With illustrations by Guy Troughton.