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Dormice

Dormice are relatively common in Southern England, but their exact distribution is unknown. They are rare, nocturnal and sleep in nests constructed from shredded honeysuckle bark woven into a ball. They are arboreal, in other words they live in the tree canopy, normally hazel coppice, foraging on flowers, pollen, fruit, insects and ripe nuts.

One way to determine their presence is to look for hazel nuts as they carve a perfect circle, with a smooth inner edge, into the hazel nut.