Did you know that the harvest mouse is the tiniest rodent in the UK and possibly the second cutest (scientific fact!) after the hazel dormouse? Did you know that there is a lot of uncertainty about the status of their populations but they are likely at some degree of endangered?
The Mammal Society is undertaking a National Harvest Mouse Survey to help address the enigma of their population status. The Wiltshire Mammal Group (WMG) will be supporting this project, leading survey and training events in Wiltshire this autumn; and we will be doing whatever we can to promote surveying in Tisbury and the local area.
So if you haven't done a harvest mouse nest survey before, why don't you join one of the WMG free training events? The closest to us is on Sunday, November 20th, 10-12/12.30, at Pythouse (precise directions provided after booking). The leader will be our society member Peter G. Thompson, and you will need to email him (peter.gl.thompson at outlook.com) to book your place (numbers will be limited!) and for further details. If you cannot make this one, there are others further afield advertised in the WMG Facebook group.
If you have done a harvest mouse nest survey before (perhaps you joined us on the one we organised in 2020?), why don't you take part by doing your own survey? If you would like to do your own survey but don't know where to do it, please get in touch. We are collaborating with the WMG in this and we will be able to let you know of under-recorded areas that will be interesting to survey.
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