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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

26. The Dormouse
(Muscardinus avellanarius)

26. The Dormouse

The dormouse with yellow-buff fur, large dark eyes and a long rather fluffy tail, is a beautiful little animal. It haunts thickets, dingles and hazel coppices, where it climbs aloft to feed on nuts and insects. It builds a breeding nest in the bushes but when autumn comes it seeks a safe refuge down a hole or under a tree stump. Here it falls asleep, only waking from hibernation when the temperature rises. Formerly common and well-known as child's pet, the dormouse has recently become much scarcer. Today it is most numerous in the south-west counties of England.