Adopt a Dormouse

 

Adopt a Dormouse

Give a dormouse lover a special gift - adopt a dormouse for them!  Here are three charities who have dormice gifts that will help with dormice conservation! 

The dormouse one of the most distinctive tiny mammals native to Britain.  But it's rarely see, because of its nocturnal activity and hibernating habits.  It's usually found in coppced woodlands.  Their numbers are in decline because of habitat loss and a change in the way their habitat is managed.  There are a few populations in Wales but most are in the southern counties of England. They are protected by law - you can't even open a dormouse box to see inside without a licence. They are a UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species and a Local Priority Species in over 40 British counties, including Kent.

Adopt a dormouse from a Wildlife Trust
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Adopt a dormouse from a Wildlife Trust 
A number of Wildlife Trust's have an Adopt a Dormouse scheme so you could pick from the one closest to your loved ones.  Devon, North Wales, Shropshire, Somerset and Worcestershire Wildlife Trusts all have an adopt a dormouse scheme, so you can adopt and help dormice conservation there.  From £20.00.  
Adopt a dormouse from the Wildwood Trust
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Adopt a dormouse from the Wildwood Trust
Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife. It was established as a registered charity in 2002.  It's now home to 200+ animals in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland.  Bears, wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more live there too!  Wildwood Trust has a park in Devon.  From £25.00.  Adopt a dormouse here.

House a dormouse
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PTES

House a dormouse
The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species give you the chance to give a dormouse house to a newly released couple so that they have a safe place to live and bring up their young in the woodland. The PTES are reintruducing them to woodlands where they have already disappeared.  Special dormouse houses are put in the trees so that the dormice can have a safe place to nest and rest.  The hedgerow are surveyed and restored so that the dormice have natural corridors to get them to other dormice woods.  You can House a Dormouse for £20.00