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Don't look into the eyes!

Observed: 17th April 2007 By: BDeed
Merseyside BioBankThe Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and
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Description:

Some animals are just too cute!
Caught as part of a study and released unharmed.
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As suggested by Gill below i should mention this Mouse has no yellow neck hence the Wood Mouse id!

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Chest markings

Do I assume you saw the chest marking well enough to exclude yellow-necked mouse, as there are isolated records in your region? If so, probably best to just mention that in the ID notes, as we can't see the chest markings from these photos.

Gill Sinclair
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BDeed's picture

Yellow-necked Mouse

Good point and obs. added to description for clarification.

When you say records in our region do you mean North Merseyside? and if so i don't suppose you know where we could get hold of that/those records as they are not held by the LRC or apparent on the NBN Gateway.

Gill Sinclair's picture

Yellow-necked mouse

Hi Ben - no, I was just referring to the record on NBN Gateway at Rufford, which is Lancashire but only about 15 miles from you I think? However it is an isolated record and I guess could even be a mis-ID. But unless a location is way outside the known range of the yellow-necked mouse, I think it's always best to look for proof that it isn't one - species expand their ranges bit by bit, so if the known range is anywhere near, any of us could be the first to record a 'pioneer'!

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
www.gillsinclair.net
Twitter @Gill_Sinclair

BDeed's picture

Ok, i would certainly like to

Ok, i would certainly like to find one of those pioneers! and with the rate at which some other species have been advancing North I'm sure we'll not have to wait too long!

the naturalist man's picture

Yellow-necked mouse

I also keep looking! I'm sure their range is more widespread than we know, we just lack the number of observers needed to find them.

Good hunting!

Graham Banwell

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