Acer Ecology’s fully licensed ecologists have recently carried out surveys for dormice in Ludlow. Dormice are fully protected under UK and European law, meaning that it is an offence to kill, capture or to disturb them. It is also an offence to damage their habitats.

As such, your local planning authority may ask you to undertake a survey for dormice. There are three main methods of surveying for dormice, comprising: nest box surveys, tube surveys and nut searches. Dormouse surveys can be time consuming, as nest box and tube surveys may take up to six months to complete from March to October. Nut searches can be conducted throughout the year, but are most reliable between September and November.

If dormice are found, a European Protected Species Licence will be required prior to the start of the works. The licence application process will require the agreement of a method statement including appropriate mitigation strategies.

Have you been asked to undertake a survey for dormice?

Our dormice specialists are experienced in surveying, European Protected Species licensing, as well as mitigation design and implementation. We can carry out surveys across Shropshire, including Ludlow, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury, Telford and the Shropshire Hills. We also have the capacity to undertake surveys in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and south Powys.

For more information about dormouse surveys, please  call us on 02920 650331, or email

Dormouse Survey Information

More information on the hazel dormouse can be found in our dormouse article.