The dormouse section was formed in 2013 and has continued to attract members who want to help survey our various sites and possibly work towards a class licence. For a full description of the species and distribution please look at the dormouse page in the mammal atlas which is in the group of rodents.

We currently have 2 regular sites at Thorncombe Wood and Netherbury, but are hopeful of adding three further sites by next season at Puddletown Forest, Chettle and Shillingstone, plus a smaller one at Halstock.

The survey programme usually runs from April to October/November depending upon the weather. For the latest survey dates please check the newsletter or contact the section by email at –

Please note that numbers are restricted due to safety and may be further restricted through Covid regulations. Natural England require anyone handling dormice to wear protective gloves and face masks to prevent infecting the animals.

Surveys start at 9.30am at all the sites.

Dormouse survey dates 2021

Sat 24th April Thorncombe
Sat 1st May Netherbury 
Sat 19th June Thorncombe
Sat 21st August Thorncombe
Sat 16th October Netherbury
Sat 23rd October Thorncombe