Dormice in Skaigh Valley

During lockdown our very own amateur film maker and historian, Chris Walpole, has been sorting out his collection of films and putting some of them on YouTube. Here is a link to his dormouse film:

‘Local naturalists Robin Hill and Peter Radlett began setting up and monitoring dormouse boxes in the River Taw valley at Belstone on the northern edge of Dartmoor in 2009 and there are now (2020) over 50 boxes in place. Leo Gubert uses modern techniques such as fixing miniature radio-tracking collars to find the dormice. This film follows these three as they check the boxes, weigh the dormice and search for hibernation nests.

The dormouse is a protected species. The animals, nests and nest boxes must not be disturbed unless by trained and licensed individuals.’  
Chris Walpole