In 2001, Maulden Wood was chosen as the location to re-introduce the endangered hazel dormouse as part of English Nature’s Species Recovery Programme.  

In the years since, a group of volunteers from the Bedfordshire Dormouse Group has regularly monitored the dormice and it has recently been found that they have started to spread out of the wood.

The Maulden Dormouse Project aims to support the dormouse re-introduction into the future by raising awareness of the project locally among the communities and landowners around Maulden Wood and supporting the volunteers who monitor the re-introduction.  It is hoped this will encourage beneficial management of hedgerows and woodlands around the wood and also lead to more survey work outside the wood to help monitor the spread of the dormice. 

This project is being supported by the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the Forestry Commission.