Gliridae – Dormice

Meet the Hazel mice – a sleepy, charming, undeniably cute rodent family that needs trees to survive and is seriously endangered

They are arboreal and nocturnal, rarely venturing to the ground, even during the warm months. It is possible to find them dozing in abandoned bird nests, but more often than not, they construct their own nests out of strips of honeysuckle bark or a similar plant, which are then covered with a coating of green leaves.

Hazel mice are hard to spot as they are only found in very few places in the UK. They spend a lot of their time hibernating, and you know what? They are known to snore! In fact, dormice can sleep for as many as nine months out of the year. So, a lot of snoring!