Beetling about

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - WILD FEBRUARY -

Wood mice re­main ac­tive all win­ter, re­ly­ing in part on caches of food laid down in au­tumn. Don’t be fooled by the name. Apart from on a few Scot­tish is­lands and moun­tains, you can en­counter these en­dear­ing noc­tur­nal ro­dents, also known as field mice, just about any­where. They’re more than happy to share our homes, so just be­cause a mouse is in­doors, that does not make it a house mouse.

The best way to tell the species apart is by the ears, which are much larger in wood mice.

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