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Hazel dormice use reed beds for nocturnal activity and daytime resting

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Wipfler, Raja ; Strätz, Christian ; Steinbauer, Manuel:
Hazel dormice use reed beds for nocturnal activity and daytime resting.
In: Journal of Vertebrate Biology. Vol. 73 (2024) Issue 23118 .
ISSN 2694-7684
DOI: https://doi.org/10.25225/jvb.23118

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This study presents empirical evidence elucidating the utilisation of reed beds by hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) during their summer activity phase. Historically characterised as an arboreal species confined to woodland and hedgerow habitats, the comprehensive assessment of this strictly protected species within reed beds and analogous wetland ecosystems across Europe has been lacking, presumably due to the presumption of their absence in such locales. This study aimed to employ radio telemetry to monitor hazel dormice and assess their utilisation of a reed bed compared to adjacent woodland for both nocturnal activity and daytime resting. To achieve this aim, eight hazel dormice were fitted with radio transmitters at the boundary between a reed bed and an adjacent woodland and tracked for a minimum of three consecutive nights. Results showed that the animals used the reed bed to a comparable extent to the adjacent woodland during their nocturnal activity. Furthermore, hazel dormice frequently chose resting sites in the reed bed during the day. Although the nesting and breeding behaviour within the reed bed was not thoroughly examined, the discovery of a hazel dormice nest suggests that hazel dormice construct summer nests within the reed bed habitat. Reed beds, particularly when interconnected with adjacent woodland, constitute an integral component of the habitat of the hazel dormouse, a previously overlooked fact. Hence, it is essential to include reed beds in strategies for conservation management and further research aimed at elucidating the habitat requirements of the hazel dormouse.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science > Professor Sport Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Sport Science > Professor Sport Ecology > Professor Sport Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuel Jonas Steinbauer
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Central research institutes > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Research Institutions > Central research institutes > Bayreuth Center of Sport Science (BaySpo)
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 10 May 2024 06:39
Last Modified: 10 May 2024 06:39
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/89524