The Bernese Oberland is not the garden dormouse’s first address. But in sparse forests in a sunny location you can also find paw prints from the “animal of the year 2022”.
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Actually, garden dormouse are uncomplicated: They will eat almost everything their small incisors can handle – from all kinds of fruit to invertebrates and occasionally small vertebrates. And during the winter months, which causes the animals the greatest problems in the wild, they sleep – if possible in a deep crevice in the ground or rock, under a rootstock, in an alpine hut or in another sheltered place.
“The young animals that could not build up enough fat reserves are particularly at risk.”
Simon Capt, wildlife biologist from some
However, hibernation is not as easy as it sounds: about half of garden dormouse do not wake up again in spring. “The young animals that could not build up enough fat reserves are particularly at risk,” says the game biologist Simon Capt.