Stour Valley Woodlands Living Landscape

Arger Fen by Clare SheehanArger Fen by Clare Sheehan














The countryside around Arger Fen and Spouse’s Vale nature reserve is a stronghold for hazel dormouse, but with populations scattered across woodland, scrub and hedgerow habitats, its future is precarious.

Our goal is to reconnect these fragmented patches of habitat and link key sites to create an extensive woodland landscape which reunites isolated groups of dormouse and other woodland species.

Using detailed population data collected through field surveys, our conservation advisors are working with farmers, landowners and community groups to fill habitat gaps and buffer key sites through hedge planting and woodland creation.

Creating robust, sustainable populations will help them to cope with changing conditions and in time, as our woodland landscape extends, enable them to disperse and settle in new sites.