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With their bright eyes and bushy tails, Hazel dormice could lay claim to being our cutest mammals, but they’re fast becoming one of our rarest, too.
榛睡鼠有着明亮的大眼睛和毛茸茸的尾巴,可以说是最可爱的哺乳类动物,但同时其也正成为最稀有的物种之一。
One of their strongholds is here at the RSPB reserve - Broadwater Warren.
位于Broadwater Warren的英国皇家保护鸟类协会自然保护区,是睡鼠的一个主要栖息地。
I’ve joined a team carrying out a survey to see how the dormice are doing.
我加入该团队的调查,来看看睡鼠的生活状况。
They’re checking special nesting boxes to try to find the dormice dozing.
研究人员正在仔细检查特制巢箱,期待发现打盹的睡鼠。
Chris Packham once described dormouse as Britain’s most boring mammal, because nobody saw it and it slept a lot and that was a bit unfair.
BBC主持人克里斯·派克汉姆曾说,睡鼠是英国最无趣的哺乳动物,因为它无迹可寻而且总在睡觉,其实这有点有失公允。
I think he’s changed his mind recently.
我觉得,他应该要开始改变看法了。
But it’s true they do sleep an awful lot, they’re sleeping through the day to conserve energy and they’re going out at night to forage for food.
的确,睡鼠总在睡觉,它们在白天睡觉维持体力,夜晚出动觅食。
There are 180 boxes in the woods and only about 1 in 20 is occupied.
树林里安装了180个巢箱,有睡鼠入驻的仅占1/20。
The dormice are carefully weighed and sexed.
研究人员小心翼翼地为这些睡鼠称重,区分性别。
The survey carried out every month.
该调查每月都会展开。
Much conservation work is going on here to improve the habitat, thinning out dense conifer plantations to create more open Woodson heathland.
人们为了改善栖息地环境做了很多工作,比如将茂密的针叶林植被开发为灌木丛林。
It’s not just benefiting the dormice.
这不仅仅是为了睡鼠。
Back in the woods, we finally strike gold, not just one but two dormice in the same nesting box, a hopeful sign that they’ll soon be raising young.
回到树林,我们终于有了重大发现。巢箱里有两只睡鼠,很有可能他们不久就会孕育出下一代。

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How many boxes are there in the woods?
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