The Small Mammal Project: Part 3

So far all I’ve caught in my Longworth Trap are Bank Voles, though I wasn’t surprised because up to Monday morning, the only place that I’ve set it at is beneath the feeder, where Bank Voles live. Though on Monday morning, I was shocked to find that a Wood Mouse was in our Longworth Trap! I think Wood Mice are probably the most mobile of the small mammals because one evening I spotted one running across our front lawn!
The Wood Mouse that we caught was very active, and it was hard to get a grip on her. We did eventually though, but I really didn’t want to mark her. I found that I didn’t have to, because there was already a split in her right ear! Then I got another surprise, because when we released her, she went into the Bank Vole hole.

Stay Still!

Stay Still!

The next weekend I decided that I would move the Longworth Trap for the first time, to where I found holes that I thought belonged to Wood Mice. The next morning I found a Wood Mouse in the trap, like I’d expected.

Cheeky

Cheeky

Though when we released this Wood Mouse, it didn’t go into ‘its’ hole. It went in the opposite direction, towards a Red Campion, where it stood still for a while and I was able to take some photos of it in the wild.

What are you looking at?

What are you looking at?

About two hours later, when I checked the trap again, I found that the door was closed again. I opened it up, expecting to find a Wood Mouse, though I saw a mammal that I haven’t seen in my garden before, a Field Vole. This led me to believe that the holes were actually made by a Field Vole.

The Culprit

The Culprit

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