|Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)|
I often see Wood Mice in my garden and they are a beautiful little animal to see.
It is Britain's most common and widespread mouse.
A very energenic animal it is usually only active at night. For the last few months I have not seen one in my garden and I thought the very severe winter we have had may have caught them out.
The Wood Mouse does not hibernate but can go into a similar inactive (torpid) state in order to conserve energy. This morning as I was getting ready for work I glimpsed movement under the bird feeders. My little garden rodent had survived the winter. Wood Mice live in burrows underground (mine live under my garden shed) and I enjoy watching them foraging under my bird feeders.
The problem mouse in the UK is the House Mouse (Mus musculus).
It is a species that arrived from Asia and is classified as a pest.
This is the mouse that causes damage to property by gnawing cables, skirting boards and ruining food supplies with droppings and urine. It can also carry disease and parasites.