The Wood Mouse - Apodemus sylvaticus
Often referred to as the Field Mouse, as the name(s) suggests this small mammal is found mostly in woodland areas and fields, but like all pests, they can venture into our homes looking for food and shelter, and you may need professional pest control to help remove them.
About the Wood Mouse
They are small at 8-10cm, roughly the same size as a House Mouse but distinguishable by their larger tails, hind feet and ears. The Wood Mouse is mostly sandy brown in colour with a white to the grey underside.
The wood mouse is one of the most widespread and common wild rodents in the UK and can generally be found in woodlands and fields throughout the whole of the UK.
They live in underground burrows which can survive many generations and as they are mostly nocturnal they are rarely seen in daylight. A typical adult will not survive from one summer to the next.
The survival of the Wood Mouse species is crucial to other species of our wildlife, such as owls who see them as the main food source. They are thought to be beneficial to gardens by eating certain insects and also by the way they store their food, mainly seeds and such, which may later sprout if forgotten about.