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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 32.5 April 2021

The Edible Dormouse: update on an invasive non-native species

By - Pat Morris, Sarah Brooks, Roger Trout

In the ten years since last featured in British Wildlife (Morris & Morris 2011), the Edible Dormouse Glis glis has been on the move, expanding within its Chiltern heartland and appearing at scattered new locations across southern England. This article provides the latest findings from continuing monitoring of this charismatic but troublesome non-native and reviews its changing status in Britain.

Edible Dormouse is a relatively recent arrival in Britain, introduced in 1902 by Walter Rothschild, who, with other like-minded people, felt that our mammalian fauna was in need of ‘improving’ (this same mindset also brought us Grey Squirrels Sciurus carolinensis and Muntjac Muntiacus reevesi). Here, the dormouse lives well outside its natural distribution in continental Europe, where it is found from central France south to Spain and Italy and east to Lithuania and European Turkey, although the exact source of the animals introduced into Britain is unknown.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist