If you go down to the woods today….

Findlay-Robinson, Rachel (2021) If you go down to the woods today…. People’s Trust for Endangered Species’ Dormouse Tales newsletter .

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You might stumble upon a slightly frazzled looking person in a tatty wooly hat and a big purple jacket held together in places by duct tape. She may well be muttering to herself as she walks, very slowly, up and down between two lines of tape. At first glance, she appears to be metal-detecting – indeed, at second glance this may still appear the case. This person is University of Cumbria PhD student Rachel Findlay-Robinson, and she is on the look-out for hibernating dormice. “It’s quite repetitive work, but it is totally worth it when you hear that elusive ‘beep!’ that indicates that the PIT-tag reader (the gadget resembling a metal-detector) has detected a chip. It always makes my heart jump a little!”. As part of her PTES-funded PhD research into dormouse hibernation patterns, Rachel is using a powerful PIT-tag detector to systematically search for hibernating dormice in woodlands where they are routinely microchipped as part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: People’s Trust for Endangered Species’ Dormouse Tales newsletter
Publisher: People’s Trust for Endangered Species’
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 13:19
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 12:01
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6075


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