Nutters search for dormice - column by GWT's Ellen Winter
I'M really pleased to say this year saw the introduction of the ‘Best Wildlife Garden’ category in the Stroud District Council Tenants Gardening Competition.
The standard was really high and it was an honour to be a judge and present first prize to Mr Guy of Cashes Green.
His winning garden is bursting with animals, bugs and birds encouraged in by the nectar plants, water and different places to take cover.
One little animal even Mr Guy would be lucky to see in his garden though is the famously sleepy dormouse.
We know we have them at our 740 acre Lower Woods nature reserve near Hawkesbury, but because the reserve is so big and the dormice are so small we need your help to find out where they are living, by looking at the nibbled nuts they leave behind.
So if you would like to help we are running a Great Nut Hunt on Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3 to scour the woodland floor for gnawed hazel nuts.
There will be two guided Nut Hunt sessions each day that start at 11am and 2pm.
To help us plan how many parts of the wood we can search, it would be wonderful if you could let us know if you'd like to attend. Please call GWT on 01452 383333 to book your place.
You’ll need to be up for scrambling through the woods in autumn weather, off paths and getting down to search ‘your’ bit of woodland floor for hazel nuts for 20 minutes before walking back to base.
Beginner nutters are welcome (how many experienced nut hunters are there!?!) and children, especially aged seven and above, are very good at finding hazel nuts on the ground.
The more people who get involved, the more of the woods we can survey.
You will be sent confirmation of your booking nearer the day, but if you're interested in being trained to become a team leader on the day please email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Ellen Winter, of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
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