Dormouse bridge for housing development

We recently designed and installed a dormouse bridge on a new housing development in Sussex.

Surveys were carried out on the site and dormice were found to be present in the hedgerows and adjacent woodland.
The dormouse bridge has been created to allow the dormice to move across the gap created by the access road.

The bridge has been constructed using a steel circular mesh tube wrapped in hessian and filled with hay. It is suspended at a height of 4.5 metres to allow emergency vehicles to pass safely underneath.

The bridge forms a link between the adjacent vegetation, creating a safe connecting route for dormice.

Dormice along with all wildlife, form an intrinsic part of biodiversity. Under current legislation, it is an offence to impair their ability to migrate, or to obstruct their access to any structure or place used for their shelter or protection.