CHILDREN at Exford School turned detective as they looked for the telltale signs of dormice in Exmoor’s woodlands.

During the dormouse hunt they examined nuts for signs of woodmouse, squirrel and dormouse nibbling.

Teacher Jan West said: “It was an excellent morning – children and staff gained much knowledge of their local environment and there was loads of enthusiasm for this topic.”

The group of seven to nine-year-olds were led by licensed dormouse handler Ben Williams from the national park’s education team.

He taught them the importance of the dormouse habitat and how it can be affected by the invasion of the rhododendron shrub and excessive woodland management.

The nature detectives kept an eye open for any tracks or evidence of animals such as foxes, badgers, rabbits and deer.

They also compared the nesting and eating habits of woodmice and dormice.