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Distribution survey of Edible Dormouse

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Name of the project: Distribution survey and analysis of habitat requirements of Edible Dormouse (Glis glis) in the Czech Republic

Duration: 2015-2017

Financing: EEA grants 2009-2014, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Supported by EEA Grants.

The project is funded by EEA grants 2009-2014 and Ministry of the Environment. The content of the web page is fully within the responsibility of the recipient of the grant – ALKA Wildlife o.p.s. and does not represent any opinion of the donor nor Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic.“

Programme: Small grant scheme the Action Plans for Endangered Species II, Programme CZ02

Leader of the project: Peter Adamík


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Aims of the project

Edible dormouse is in the Concept of Action Plans for critically endangered and threatened species of wild animals in the Czech Republic classified as a "deserving special concern”. Such a species is of conservation priority but little knowledge is available about its life history, distribution and threats and thus it is impossible to evaluate whether an Action or Management Plan should be prepared for it. The main aim of the present project is to organize a national wide distribution survey based on common survey methods and standard zoological mapping grid. The survey will be carried out in summer 2015 and the presence of the dormouse will be detected by listening to species-specific vocal communication during the night. Smaller part of the project consists of data analysis of habitat requirements of the species. Both parts of the project will be compiled to the report on recent status and possible future development of the species’ population in the territory of the Czech Republic.

For more information contact the leader of the project: peter.adamik@upol.cz


Activities within the project

1. National distribution survey of the dormouse

Outputs planned: 1 study, 4 x article in newspapers

status:
Within first months of the project selection of survey points and maps was carried out. Workshop for surveyors was carried out at 3 and 4th of July 2015. The survey design was explained and maps and devices were distributed among the surveyors. During the summer 2015 about 40 % of territory of the state was surveyed. Currently, in summer 2016 the rest of the survey is carried out. Parallel to distribution survey, the data of species occurrence from broad public are collected. More than 100 records of the species (confirmed either by detailed description of the animal appearance or picture) were gained. Recently the presence of the species is confirmed in 12% of the territory of the Czech Republic.

2. Verification of habitat requirements and ecology of the species

Output planned: 1 study

status:
We created common database of edible dormice from different habitats captured between 2007-2014. Tree species composition was estimated at those habitats. Population parameters at different habitats are calculated. The database of historical records of occurrence was refilled.

3. Publicity

Project is presented at web page and Facebook profile of recipient of the project - ALKA Wildlife. Four articles in newspapers were published up to now (see below). In November 2015 workshop about protection and research of the Edible Dormouse was held at Faculty of Nature Sciences at Charles University. In July 2016 night excursion with public was carried in the National Park Podyjí.

Published articles

Journal "Ptaci svet" (Bird life) 2016

Journal "Zahrádkář" (Gardener) 11/2015

Journal "Myslivost" (Hunting) 10/2015

Journal "Chatař a chalupář" (Cottager) 09/2015

Journal "Včelařství" (Beekeeping) 09/2015

Photo gallery

Distribution survey

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Distribution survey
photo: Kateřina Poledníková
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Distribution survey
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Distribution survey
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Distribution survey
photo: Jitka Větrovcová
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Distribution survey
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Distribution survey
photo: Kateřina Poledníková
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Pictures from broad public

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Edible dormouse
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Edible dormouse
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Edible dormouse
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Edible dormouse
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Edible dormouse
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Edible dormouse
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Events for public

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Seminar in Prague
photo: Jitka Větrovcová
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image - Excursion in the national park Podyjí
Excursion in the national park Podyjí
photo: Kateřina Poledníková
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image - Excursion in the national park Podyjí
Excursion in the national park Podyjí
photo: Kateřina Poledníková
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