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Dormouse

Scientific name: Muscardinus avellanarius

How to identify: You will be unlikely to see this secretive mammal, instead look out for distinctively nibbled hazelnuts. Dormice leave a smooth, round hole in the side of the nut, with tooth marks around the outside of the hole.

Where: Found in woodlands, copses, hedgerows, scrub and even rural gardens.

Best time to see: You can look out for nuts that have been nibbled by dormouse all year round, although autumn is often best.

Did you know? The word dormouse comes from the French word dormir - to sleep.


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