Sarah found a nest, just above ground level, among the blackthorn, close to all the hazel that runs downhill alongside the hedge between Kestrel Field and Cornfield. Does anybody know what makes a nest like this?
It is about 6-8 inches across, beautifully made of fresh green moss inter-woven with twigs. It seems to be free-standing, not woven into the surrounding vegetation like a wren’s nest would be, and nor is it lined with feathers like a long tailed tit’s nest.
& A wren and its nest, woven into the vegetation; & a long tailed tit and its nest, which is covered with lichen, not moss.
Could it possibly be a hazel dormouse’s summer nest? We have only once seen evidence of dormice in the reserve, hazelnut shells with a smoothly gnawed oval hole in their sides, but we have lived in hope.
The hazel copse near the picnic place and the long stand of hazel where this nest was found were both planted more than a decade ago in the specific hope of encouraging dormice into the reserve; have we succeeded?
 Dormouse;  hazelnut shells that have been opened by a dormouse.
Not knowing what it was and because it was not woven into the surrounding bushes, Sarah had picked the nest up. When she returned it to exactly the same place, she found another nearby; dormice live in colonies when they are established
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