Hunt for the Harvest Mouse

On Saturday 14th July, we welcome Jenny Macpherson from the Vincent Wildlife Trust to Denmark Farm for a harvest mouse workshop.

Jenny is involved with the  ‘Mammals in a Sustainable Environment’ project which is aiming to get a fuller picture of what is happening with mammals in Wales by carrying out monitoring and survey work for a variety of different species.

Harvest mice (Micromys minutus)  have prehensile (gripping) tails and are extremely active climbers. They feed in the stalk zone of long grasses and reeds, particularly around dusk and dawn.

Three young harvest mice link tails while sitting on a branch...
Three young harvest mice link tails while sitting on a branch…
Photo: Jean-Louis Klein and Marie-Luce Hubert (Biosphoto/Specialist Stock/Barcroft Medi)

There are limited records of harvest mice in Wales. So, armed with state-of-the-art detection equipment (OK,  plant pots and peanut butter!) we’ll search out potential harvest mouse habitat at Denmark Farm.  The feeding stations will then be left outside until Monday 16th July, before checking them for evidence of harvest mice and other small mammals.

This free event runs from 2 pm until 4 pm (booking preferred but not essential), and you are welcome to return on Monday 16th July to help with collection of the feed pots. No previous experience necessary. Tea and biscuits, £1 per person.

Following this event, you will also have the opportunity to get involved in further mammal surveys around mid Wales.

If you are interested in other mammals, we still have a few places left on our Introduction to British Bats course on 10 – 12 August.

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