County Voice

County Voice 2019: Issue 3

A helping hand to create new homes for Dormice

Volunteers from the Nature for Health project helped to build 20 dormouse nest boxes at Coed Y Morfa in Prestatyn in March.

Around 15 volunteers attended the event to help Countryside Service rangers put together the boxes.

Dormice are an endangered species throughout the UK. The loss of hedgerows and change in management of the woodlands they are found in, has led to a dramatic decline in their numbers, 72% between 1993 and 2014. By creating these nest boxes we hope to support an increase in numbers over the next few years. The boxes were made using locally sourced, non tanalised timber and will be installed and monitored on a site which is important for dormice in Denbighshire.

Nature for Health is part of the Council’s work to protect and enhance the environment and aims to improve people’s lives through health and wellbeing activities, helping individuals and communities in Denbighshire connect with the countryside and adopt healthy habits.

Denbighshire Countryside Service is working in partnership with Denbighshire Housing to deliver the project with support from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Bangor University.

Many thanks to everyone who turned up to help put together the boxes!

If you would like to get involved with Nature for Health in Rhyl or Prestatyn contact 01824 706998.


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