TV features Sheffield University scientist’s dormice research

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SHEFFIELD University scientist Dr Robyn Grant starred in an episode of TV hit Springwatch featuring her groundbreaking research into how animals use their whiskers.

The BBC2 team investigated hazel dormice and compared them with how a number of other animals, including opossums, seals and other rodents, move and use their whiskers in a sensory way.

Dr Grant said: “It was quite exciting really – they just rang me up completely out of the blue after reading a couple of my papers. They were really interested for me to tell them all about whiskers, especially in dormice.

“I have helped out on a couple of documentaries before but this was the first time I had to be interviewed or was asked to talk about my work on TV.

“The filming was fine and the crew really put me at ease.”