Scientific name: Muscardinus avellanarius
Hazel dormice are hard to spot – not only do they only come out at night, but they are also only found in a very few places in the UK. Dormice spend a lot of their time hibernating – and are known to snore!
Average lifespan: 5 years
Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Listed as a European Protected Species under Annex IV of the European Habitats Directive.