The common hamster occurs locally in the central and Southern part of Limburg. Its habitat is limited to loess and loam soils, which it constructs underground burrows. Changes in Agricultural land use sparked a steady decline from the 1970s onwards, By the end of the 1990s, the common hamster had almost desappeared from the Netherlands. Thanks to captive breeding and reintroduction schemes in potential habitats, it has now returned locally to parts of its former distribution area. After several years of low survival rates, 2014 proobed to be a peak year for the common hamster.
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