You can tell by its name: The forest dormouse (Dryomys nitedula) is a characteristic species for deciduous and mixed forests. It belongs to the dormouse family and its survival is inextricably linked with forest habitats. The forest dormouse is protected throughout Europe, but data on its distribution is largely still missing. So where in Austria can he be found?
Have you ever seen a forest dormouse? With his black eye mask, he reminds us of a superhero in action, but in fact he spends a large part of the year in hibernation – a very typical behavior for a dormouse. Even during his activity period, he is a quite cryptic species that lives a hidden life between the branches of the trees. He is seldom seen, and it is not easy to prove his presence in an area. The forest dormouse is almost unknown even among foresters and regular forest guests.
Therefore, we are searching for him nationwide - beginning from the Danube floodplains, down to the mountains of the Alps. We want to find out more about this cryptic little climber and his habitat preferences and are counting on the help of numerous citizen scientists! There are many ways to take part in the “task force forest dormouse”. Become a citizen scientist and help us to find him!