By Jessica Aldred

Effects of habitat loss and climate change mean the future of the tiny native mammal is uncertain

Numbers of Britain’s native dormouse have declined by more than a third since 2000, according to the first definitive report on the state of the species.

The tiny, golden-brown animals were once widespread throughout England and Wales, but have become one of Britain’s most threatened mammals due to loss and fragmentation of their woodland habitat, changes in land management and a warmer climate.