Bottom Wood The Chiltern Society

The Dormice Project

A programme of dormouse nesting box supply and maintenance is in place. Our objective is to check how boxes are used, determine whether there are dormice using them and then, if necessary, to decide whether to relocate boxes and/or add new ones.

Workparties and events

The work we do is interesting and varied. Following are some examples of the sort of work we do at Bottom Wood.

Full details of workparties and any events at the Wood are included in the calendar at the bottom of this page.

A taster

Work can include planting new trees, clearing fallen/cut timber, monitoring the impact of deer on vegetation, installing new benches, repairing footpaths and much more.

In the spring/summer we don't have the same amount of heavy work in managing the woodland as we have in the autumn/winter. The dormice group continue to monitor and record and in the late summer months we check waymark signs to clearly identify public rights of way (bridle ways and footpaths) and permissive paths a through the Wood.

The time and place

Unless stated otherwise in the calendar below, volunteers meet at the finger post on Old Dashwood Hill at 9.45, walk down to the information board in the Wood for 10 o'clock and finish work at around 1 o'clock.


Calendar of work/events at Bottom Wood Local Nature Reserve.