Wildlife Science

Hazel Dormouse Species Conservation Strategy Pilot Project

Hazel dormice populations are experiencing ongoing declines, having reduced by 72% between 1993-2014. This is believed to be due to a loss and degradation of suitable habitats, reductions in traditional forestry methods such as coppicing, potentially exacerbated by… Read More

Gamebird management and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the Northern hemisphere; currently more than 1500 cases are recorded in the UK each year. Evidence suggests that Pheasants are competent hosts for the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato,… Read More

Hazel Dormouse Conservation

Our research in this area focuses on understanding the status of hazel dormouse populations in the UK, their habitat needs, and how these fit within wider woodland conservation. We are also investigating the implications of climate for dormouse… Read More

Wildcat Conservation

The European wildcat, Felis silvestris silvestris, is the UK’s last remaining native felid. After many years of persecution and habitat loss, this subspecies is no longer present in England and Wales. Without intervention, this pattern could repeat itself in Scotland, rendering the wildcat locally extinct in Britain.