Dormouse connectivity for forest resilience

Carried out by: Manchester Metropolitain University

Summary Description:

The configuration of forested landscapes in the UK does not provide coherent and resilient ecosystems to allow species to avoid the negative effects of fragmentation and habitat degradation. However, there is little evidence of what form and extent of connectivity would benefit forest species. We propose the use of a key forest bioindicator, the Hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius), to help quantify current landscape connectivity and predict future management options that will increase forest resilience.

The project will 1) quantify habitat requirements of dormice within forested landscape mosaics, 2) examine movement behaviour of dormice at habitat edges and in degraded habitat and 3) model landscape utilisation and network connectivity based on forest and target species biological and physical characteristics

Timescale: 2018-2021

SFT Funds Awarded: £20,000

SFT/FC Joint Bursary Award Scheme:. This project has received funding from the SFT/FC Joint Bursary Award.

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