Dormouse bridge construction

The brief

Surveys were carried out on the site of a new housing development, and dormice were found to be present in the hedgerows and adjacent woodland. We were asked to design and install a dormouse bridge to allow the dormice to move across the gap created by the development’s access road.

What we did

We constructed a dormouse bridge comprising a steel circular mesh tube wrapped in hessian and filled with hay. Using a MEWP (mobile elevated work platform) we installed the dormouse bridge over the housing development access road. It was suspended at a height of 6.5 metres to allow emergency vehicles to pass safely underneath.

The outcome

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