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Pictured: Common (hazel) dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius), nestboxes, used in reintroduction project, Nottinghamshire, UK, June 2015.<br />
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A rare species of mouse that is on the verge of extinction have been reintroduced into the British countryside in an attempt to boost their dwindling numbers.<br />
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The population of hazel dormice, which was once common in England and Wales, has seen a dramatic decline over recent decades due to the loss of their woodland and hedgerow habitats and changes in woodland management. <br />
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To counteract this, 20 pairs of the captive-bred mice were released at an undisclosed woodland location in Nottinghamshire, near two other release sites which have previously seen successful reintroductions. <br />
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