Its that time of year again when we can turn our attention to nest-searching for harvest mice. I’ve been out in the past week and the nests are still green (so possibly in use but much trickier to find – well camouflaged in the sward).
Later this month I’ll be leading two further harvest mouse nest searches in parts of the county not recently surveyed – once again, this is trying to plug gaps in knowledge and known range following the publication of the mammal atlas. Last year we had great success, finding good numbers of nests on all sites we looked, ranging from four farmland sites (with thanks to Simon & Jemma from Black Sheep Consulting), to Langford Lakes Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserve, and many more in between.
Sunday 28th October, near Wilsford (between Urchfont and Upavon), meeting at 1230. (given this is the day the clocks “go back”, an earlier start seemed a little hopeful!).
Saturday 10th November, Corsham Estate, meeting at 10:00.
If you’d like to join us, please email and confirm – wiltshiremammalgroup-at-hotmail.co.uk (replacing the “-at-” with the “@”).
Thanks. Gareth (county mammal recorder, Wiltshire Mammal Group).