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Bunny's Hill Small Mammal Trapping

Seventeen of us made an early start to carry out a small mammal survey of the Cornwall Butterfly Conservation’s reserve on the east side of Bodmin Moor. 20 Longworth Traps and 5 hedgehog tunnels had been set on Saturday evening. We were working with CBC to try and build a fuller picture of the other species present in this parcel of abandoned grazing fields near Cardinham. We recorded bank voles and wood mice in the traps as well as finding a field vole larder in the molinea. Perhaps most exciting is that we found extensive evidence of dormice on the site - possibly the most abundant hazel nut evidence around a single tree that any of us had seen - we will be following this up with an attempt to find dormouse and harvest mouse nests before the weather blows everything away.

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