Terry Flanagan saw a mouse this week... but he wasn’t in a windmill in old Amsterdam! And he wasn’t there on the stair. He was in Kildare!
Specifically, he was at the Kildare Animal Foundation where he met Don Donoher, and the adult female dormouse there...
The Kildare dormouse; photo by Terry Flanagan
Dr. Colin Lawton is Head of Mammal Ecology in NUI Galway, and he wants your help with a survey of dormice in Ireland! He would like you to report any sightings you have of a dormouse in Ireland.
Dormice are about the same size as a mouse, usually weighing less than 20g, although they can be twice that weight just before hibernating. They have large black eyes (they are mostly active at night) and a thick furry tail quite unlike that of a mouse. They are more closely related to squirrels than the mice we have in this country.
Dormice are woodland animals, who nest in shrubs and hedgerows, particularly those containing hazel (as their name suggests) or brambles. They like to eat fruit, nuts, flowers or insects depending on what is available. Often they are seen in the summer feeding at bird tables, particularly those close to suitable woodland.
If you see a dormouse, then e-mail Dormouseireland@gmail.com and they will get back to you - and if you get a picture, all the better! Or you can also make contact via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DormouseSurveyIreland.