I’m Alice and this year I’ve been lucky enough to have taken part in an Ecology Traineeship with BBOWT.
This has been a varied and exciting role, looking at the biodiversity on nature reserves across the three counties. We help to carry out a wide range of wildlife and habitat monitoring projects, from hedgerows and flower meadows, to water voles, butterflies and birds.
One of my favourite surveys is checking nest boxes for hazel dormice.
A number of nest boxes are positioned in strategic locations on trees across a selection of BBOWT woodland sites. Once a month the boxes are checked for signs of hazel dormice, and any other mammals, under the supervision of a dormouse licence holder.
We approach the boxes quietly, treading carefully as we get closer so as not to alert any inhabitants of the box. There’s a great sense of anticipation; what will we find in this one!?