The Land Of Dormice And Hedgehogs

The posts I reblogged today by Rachel at Ecology Escapades and Robin Jean Marie at Bringing Europe Home are helping me to get into a British frame of mind!

Rachel blogged about setting tubes for dormice to nest in. Dormice are incredibly adorable!  We don’t have them in Ohio…

Adorable Dormouse

Pure Adorability!

Dormice are small rodents with soft, orange-brown fur and long tails of a similar colour which are furred all over. They are so adorable that many people would like to be able to watch them.  Unfortunately, because they are almost entirely nocturnal this presents a challenge.

The fact that the dormouse hibernates is reflected in some of the local English names. In the counties of Hampshire and Cornwall it is known as ‘dory mouse’ and ‘dozing mouse’ respectively: in many counties it is known as the ‘sleeper’, the ‘seven sleeper’, or ‘sleep mouse’. Its attractive appearance has a fairy tale charm and other delightful local names include ‘chestle crumb’ and ‘derry mouse’.

Dormouse in the Mad Hatter’s Teapot – “Alice in Wonderland”

At present it is found in England and Wales but not in Scotland and Ireland.  As noted above, they also do not favor Ohio…

There is no doubt that the dormouse is not as common as it once was. Changes in farming practices and forestry methods have been harmful to dormice. There have been changes recently and there are schemes to repopulate areas with this little beastie, of which Rachel at Ecology Escapades is a part.

Challenging the dormouse for sheer adorability is the hedgehog. Who can forget the two young hedgehogs who got lost on their way to school in The Wind in the Willows?

The non-literary hedgehogs are adorable too!

Adorable!!

In fact, hedgehogs are so adorable, they have their own Preservation Society!