Natural Futures established a hazel dormouse monitoring scheme, securing permission from landowners to install and monitor 300 new dormouse nest boxes at six sites across the AONB. Dormice have now been recorded at all six sites and volunteer surveyor numbers are increasing. The project was the catalyst for the revival of Somerset Mammal Group who now co-ordinate the monthly surveys and train new volunteers.
Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project (2015-2017) worked across the Blackdown Hills AONB to discover more about the wildlife of the AONB by supporting local people to set up community wildlife projects and gain new skills in ecological surveys and nature conservation.
As part of the project’s ecological training programme, the team established a hazel dormouse monitoring scheme, linked to the People’s Trust for Endangered Species’ National Dormouse Monitoring Programme.