In Europe 5 dormice occur – Garden dormouse, Fat dormouse, Hazel dormouse, Forest Dormouse and the Mouse-tailed dormouse (Myomimus roachi) – one of the rarest dormouse and rodent species in the Western Palearctic.
It occurs only in a small area in Bulgaria and Turkey and several isolated locations in western Anatolia. May be it occurs also in Greece. But that is not known!
First live catch since 1978
The species has not been seen in Bulgaria since 1978, but in 2017 a new live population was found.
To fill the gaps in the knowledge about this species, the Bulgarian researcher Nedko Nedyalkov plans to start a small scale research, monitoring and conservation project. He will place nest boxes in the new areas, where the species was reported. The nest boxes are used by the dormice to sleep during the day. This facilitates the monitoring of population changes and the collection of samples for DNA analysis. Nedko also wants to start a survey oin Greece to find out if the species (still) occurs there.
Research for habitat management
It is known that this species lives in open and semi open habitats. Usually uses old oaks, walnuts and pears, close or in agricultural fields. This makes him very vulnerable to many agricultural practices. Unknown is how he uses these habitats.
The nest boxes will allow to learn more about the habitat preferences of the Mouse-tailed dormouse and enable the collection of data on its biology and ecology (diet, activity, population structure and genetics, parasites).
Currently there is no funding for this work. Please help Nedko with a small donation. The money will be used to place 100 nest boxes in 3 new locations and to visit them twice per year (about 3000 km).
- Establishing long-term monitoring
- Species status in Greece
- Habitat preferences
- Population and genetic structure
- Diet and Food preferences
- Relation with the rest of glirids and small mammals
- Production of 100 nest boxes: € 750.-
- 3000 km travel costs: € 7,500.-