Britains only native Dormouse Hazel dormice are the only small mammals in Britain to have a completely furry tail (pic 3) They have golden-brown fur and large black eyes. It is 6 to 9 cm long with a tail of 5.7 to 7.5 cm
Deciduous woodland with a good, varied shrub understory and large, overgrown hedgerows. Once widespread in the UK , they are now rare and vulnerable to extinction due to loss of habitat. They are mostly found only in the southern counties of England and Wales.
Hazel Dormice are nocturnal. In winter, dormice hibernate in nests beneath the leaf litter on the forest floor,or as in my photos nestboxes (last pic) When they wake up in spring, they build woven nests of honeysuckle bark and fresh leaves in the undergrowth. They eat flowers, honeysuckle and pollen in spring. Fruits, hazelnuts, and sweet chestnuts, as well as aphids and other small insects, in the autumn. Dormice open hazelnuts in a very unique way. They make a round hole in the shell of the hazelnut and leave clear teeth markings on the outside of the shell whilst the inside has no marks and is very smooth (fourth pic)