#Countryfile fans horrified as Helen Skelton investigates dormice conservation ...

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Helen Skelton visited Warwickshire in tonight’s instalment to meet conservationists who are trying to combat the decline in population of dormice.

The Countryfile presenter revealed the number of hazel dormice has fallen by a third in the last 20 years.

She met Ian White, one of the country’s leading dormice conservationists who showed her nest boxes which had been set up in an area of woodland.

Despite failing to find any of the small creatures in the first two nest boxes they looked in, Ian’s colleague found a dormice family close by.

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However, in order to see how many dormice had made the nest box their home, the conservationists emptied the box into a plastic bag.

Despite the dormice experts reassuring Helen the use of plastic bags was safe for the creatures, viewers were outraged by the method.

One said: “Poor things will die of fear!” 

“The dormice look terrified in that bag #countryfile,” another added.

“Dormice in plastic bags?! What is this, the funfair? #countryfile,” said a third.

A fourth commented: “#countryfile Suffocating dormice in a plastic bag. Very environmentally friendly!”

“Don’t suffocate the little blighters. #countryfile, a fifth

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