BEYOND BIRD­WATCH­ING

Septem­ber is a rest­less month, says James Lowen, with crea­tures great and small rush­ing to com­plete re­pro­duc­tive cy­cles

Bird Watching (UK) - - What To See And How To See It -

MAM­MAL

HAR­VEST MOUSE Even if its pop­u­la­tions are at their an­nual peak, swollen with the year’s young­sters, see­ing a Har­vest Mouse in the wild, as you wan­der au­tumn fields and fens, is a mighty chal­lenge . Con­sid­er­ably eas­ier (but still by no means guar­an­teed) is to join a small-mam­mal trap­ping ses­sion run by a county mam­mal so­ci­ety. Traps are baited and packed with bed­ding to en­cour­age warm-blooded visi­tors; they cause the tem­po­rary cap­tives no harm. Big-eyed and caramel in pelage, the Har­vest Mouse is an en­dear­ing crea­ture – and all the more so should it curl its pre­hen­sile tail around a plant stem. LAND­SCAPE

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