These strange (but cute) looking animals are only found in the Chilterns in Bucks and Herts. First released in 1902 as they escaped from a private collection in Tring park. A thriving population of around 10,000 edible dormice exists in the Chilterns and the species may also be established in the New Forest in Hampshire and in the Oxford area.
The species is noisy and destructive inside houses – that is when we get the call! The readiness of edible dormice to enter houses and outbuildings leads to considerable problems for householders. The animals are noisy vocally and in their movements, they gnaw timbers and wiring, foul surfaces with their droppings, and sometimes drown in water-tanks.
In woodland it causes damage to trees by stripping bark.
listed under Schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Country Act 1981
with respect to England, Wales and Scotland. As such it is an offence to release
or to allow the escape of this species into the wild.
The edible dormouse is protected under Section 11(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) in that certain methods of killing or taking are prohibited except under licence.
We are registered under the licence with Natural England so can remove them from your home.
This one was asleep in an airing cup board and we removed over 20 from this house 2 years on the trot!