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Wood mouse

Observed: 3rd March 2012 By: Graeme
The Anton River Conservation Association
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Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) 4.3.12.
Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) 4.3.12.2
Description:

Mouse caught at friends house due to prblem and safely rehoused.
Had biy eyes and ears, no yellow neck so I think its a wood mouse.Ran too fast after trap opened to get good pic

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The flash may have made him

The flash may have made him more golden brown coloured than he was as it looked a dull brown out of the trap if thats any help.I checked for yellow neck marking when he was in the trap and didnt see any

Graeme Davis

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Wood mouse

OK - I'm happy to agree with wood mouse then. Thanks for the update.

Gill Sinclair
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I may be rehousing some more

I may be rehousing some more at some point. Are they becoming more common? (not that they are uncommon) as its the only rodent I see regularily other than bank & water voles, and the odd TESCO's rat

Graeme Davis

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Common rodents

Well, they are by far and away the most common mouse species in the UK and they seem to like live traps so they're recorded a lot too. Unlike field voles which are even more numerous but I assume don't like traps! - it's usually bank voles that turn up the most in traps even though they are actually a lot less common (about 1/3 as many I think) as field voles.

Gill Sinclair
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