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How often does a strictly arboreal mmal voluntarily cross roads? New insights into the behaviour of the hazel dormouse in the roadside habitats

Roads are a threat to biological diversity. Especially the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) can be badly influenced by fragmentation due to its strictly arboreal activity. In this study a Northern German dormouse population living in roadside habitats and on road islands at crossroads was investigated to find out if road crossing is an exceptional behaviour or if it happens regularly. Wit…