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. Dormouse boxes, being more robust and durable than nest tubes, are particularly suitable for long-term surveying and monitoring programmes.
The Standard Dormouse Nest Box is solidly built from locally sourced FSC Douglas Fir 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. Making use of the notches in the box, use wire loops to attach the box to the tree rather than nails.
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, Dormouse Footprint Tunnel, and Heavy Duty Polythene Bags to aid in surveying.
For more information, take a look at our NHBS Guide to Dormouse Survey Equipment blog.