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The Dormouse Footprint Tunnel is a tool for detecting dormouse presence that has the advantage of not disturbing nesting dormice. It has been suggested by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and CIEEM to be a more effective survey tool within scrub and hedgerow habitats than dormouse tubes, and when in high canopy woodland footprint tunnels performed at least as well as traditional techniques.
The Dormouse Footprint Tunnel is made of a 40cm x 6cm x 6cm plastic down pipe, making it robust to outdoor conditions and potentially damaging wildlife such as squirrels. The footprint tube also has a 50cm wooden insert, resulting in a 5cm overhang at either end of the tunnel acting as a landing platform for dormice.
The ink is made by mixing charcoal with oil and placing it on tape at either end of the tube. Card or thick paper is laid along the length of the wooden insert to record the footprints, and they can then be easily removed and replaced for repeated surveys.
Read the NHBS Guide to Dormouse Survey on our blog, the Hoopoe.
Plastic Tube: 400 x 60 x 60mm
Wooden insert: 500 x 60 x 9mm