VOLUNTEERS are being asked to join a hunt for dormice near Llandybie.

In a bid to know more about their habits, a nut hunt has been organised at Glyn Hir Mansion through Carmarthenshire council’s biodiversity department.

Dormice leave distinctive tooth marks when they gnaw into hazel nuts and discarded nuts could prove dormice are present.

Previous nut hunts around the county have found evidence of dormice in a number of new sites and nest boxes have been put up to help these elusive animals.

Carmarthenshire council’s biodiversity officer Isabel Macho said: “You don’t have to be a wildlife expert to take part - anyone interested in wildlife and enthusiastic about dormice can provide invaluable help.

“With the help of volunteers we have already discovered some important new sites for dormice in an area of Carmarthenshire where we know little about them.”

A local dormouse expert will join the volunteers to comb the wood.

The nut hunt will take place at Glyn Hir Mansion on Tuesday, February 26.

Participants meet 10am at the car park, grid ref: 639151.

For more information and to register interest please contact Isabel Macho on 01558 825390 or Biodiversity@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.