Help us look after dormice
We need your help to protect dormice, which are now extinct in 17 English counties. Leaving ivy on trees, letting bramble grow and creating log piles can create cosy homes for these gentle creatures. Dormice are normally found in the countryside, but they are so rare now that most people will never see one in their lifetime. Our rangers on the wooded Cotehele Estate in Cornwall found this sleepy pair during their annual check of the local dormouse population, carried out every month from April to October.
You can give wildlife a helping hand this winter by doing a few simple things. Discover how to make sure the animals near you have enough food to eat and a cosy place to sleep. Be a wildlife hero this winter.
All sorts of animals, bugs and birds need homes. We've put together a quick list to help you create the perfect hiding place for the animals in your own garden. Making a home for a wild animal is also one of our '50 things do before you're 11¾' activities'.