home

Muscardinus avellanarius - Dormouse

Phylum: Chordata - Class: Mammalia - Order: Rodentia - Family: Gliridae

Dormouse

The British dormouse, sometimes called the Hazel Dormouse, is a tiny rodent - head-and-body length 6 to 8.5 cm. In Wales, this largely nocturnal creature is mainly confined to the south and it is rare for them to be seen about during the daytime.

Should you be lucky enough to see a dormouse please do not pick it up. Dormice are very timid and handling by humans can cause them heart failure.

Dormice are omnivorous; their diet comprises earth-worms, snails and insects as well as buds, flowers, fruits and tree bark. They hibernate from September through to April, and their spherical summer nests are used both for sleeping and for breeding. Dormice produce one or two litters each year, generally of three to five young.

Acknowledgements

This page includes pictures kindly contributed by the Countryside Council for Wales.


Sue Parker's new ebook is a comprehensive and fully revised edition of her acclaimed field guide to the Wild Orchids of Wales. Full details here...

Buy it for just £5.95 on Amazon...

Sue Parker's 5-star acclaimed field guide to the Wild Orchids of the Algarve is now available as an ebook. Full details here...

Buy it for just £5.95 on Amazon...


Please Help Us: If you have found this information interesting and useful, please consider helping to keep First Nature online by making a small donation towards the web hosting and internet costs.

Any donations over and above the essential running costs will help support the conservation work of Plantlife, the Rivers Trust and charitable botanic gardens - as do author royalties and publisher proceeds from books by Pat and Sue.

© 1995 - 2024 First Nature: a not-for-profit volunteer-run resource

Please help to keep this free resource online...

Terms of use - Privacy policy - Disable cookies - Links policy