The dormice of Fingle Woods

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2017 Case study 3
The dormice of Fingle Woods

A ground-breaking partnership to transform ancient Fingle Woods in Devon could also change the fortunes of the rare hazel dormouse.

In 2014 work began to gradually restore the 825 acre site at Fingle Woods from maturing conifer back to native broadleaves. From the point that restoration commenced it was important to find a way to work sensitively to protect and enhance the habitat of the existing dormice living and breeding in Fingle Woods.