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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

33. The Long-Tailed Field Mouse or Wood Mouse
(Apodemus sylvaticus)

33. The Long-Tailed Field Mouse or Wood Mouse

This pretty, long-tailed, sleek-coated mouse, is an inhabitant of field, hedge bank, thicket and wood, nor is it averse to the garden where it often raids our seeds. A dainty wee creature it runs here and there under cover of night, for it is strictly nocturnal in its habits. However the owls keep watch on its doings and help to limit its numbers. Even so it is not only widespread, but probably the most numerous of our smaller mammals, particularly in those seasons when the mouse population rises to a peak.