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Dormice information and the law

Dormice and their habitat is protected against damage and disturbance by The Bonn Convention EC habitats directive Conservation (habitats & c) Regulations 1994 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act as amended 1981.

It is an offence to kill, injure, or cruelly ill treat a dormouse. It is also an offence to damage, destroy or obstruct access to any structure or place which a dormouse uses for shelter or protection.

Penalties for breaking the law can include large fines, imprisonment and the seizure of equipment. Both the company and individual can be held liable.


Surveys for dormice can be undertaken at any time of year although at least one survey will need to be carried out between May and October. Surveys must be conducted by a suitably experienced ecologist. Where surveys methods involve the capture, handling or disturbance of dormice a survey license must be  obtained from Natural England. 

Nick Weaver Ecology offers a full range of protected species surveys, licensing and mitigation. For more information please contact us.

Tel: 07886 803046