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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

35. The Harvest Mouse
(Micromys minutus)

35. The Harvest Mouse

One of the most delightful of the smaller mammals found in Europe is the sandy-hued harvest mouse. So small and light that a corn stem does not bend beneath it, it is a wonderful acrobat, its climbing ability being enhanced by its prehensile tail. In Britain today it is chiefly found in south-eastern England, where in summer it frequents the cornfields, building a neat nest slung between the stems of the grain. In winter it seeks refuge in hedges, ditches, and even the stacks, though the latter retreat is only a temporary one, as it is driven out at threshing time.