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Wood Mouse

Wood Mouse

Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)
also known as Field Mouse and Long Tailed Field Mouse

A very common mouse found throughout the United Kingdom, although it is called a wood mouse it can be found in any habitat locations like forests,  trees, gardens and outbuildings.  The wood mouse is prey to many different animals and an important food source to others like the Tawny owl, which relies on the wood mouse to breed.
 

Wood mice sometimes can be destructive in an urban environment especially when collecting material for making a nest as my family found out. My sons expensive fishing nets were ruined left in our garage and when our Henry Hoover was not working I opened the hose and looked in. I was surprised to see a pair of ears and then peeping eyes inside the hover looking out at me and it chewed through the canvas filter that protects the motor. Another occasion for my birthday my daughter brought me a bird feeder and a very large sack of bird food, well wood mice had found its way into our house through the side of a pipe in our kitchen. When I went to feed the birds the bag was empty, there is no way they could have eaten such a large bag in a few days. They must have worked double shifts as the contents were moved and stored probably under the floorboards. As in the wild, they live underground, constructing burrows where they store food. I was annoyed about losing the bird food, although as usual, my family thought it was very funny. I later caught the mouse family in friendly traps and blocked the hole. I also remember my Brother-in-law having problems with wood mice inside his bird aviary worried about his cockatoos eating the mouse droppings, the mice became target practice for his rifle. I quite like the wood mouse its how a mouse should look, with its large ears, protruding eyes and a long tail. That's when it's not chewing our fishing nets, ruining my hoover and stealing my birthday presents.