Edible Dormouse

Glis (Myoxus) glis

Description:
Edible Dormouse
Facts:

This nocturnal creature was given its common name by the Romans who used to fatten them in jars for eating, They prefer deciduous woodland but are found in other habitats. Their main base is in the woodlands of the Chilterns but they are slowly spreading from this area. They are the largest of the dormice weighing up to a quarter of a kilo. With an overall length of 15-20cms.

Introduced:

1902
Origin:
Europe
Location:
Chilterns, Hertfordshire
Status:
Slowly increasing
Problems:
Comments:
They can strip bark trees and cause damage to stored fruit.