The wood mouse, also known as the long-tailed field mouse, though rarely seen as it is nocturnal, is probably Britain's most numerous mammal. 


Wood Mice and Humans

Wood mice often live in gardens, in or near sheds and outbuildings and are sometimes mistaken for house mice. However, unlike house mice, wood mice do not smell strongly and they have larger eyes, ears and hind feet than house mice. Many people regard the wood mouse as a pest since it can do serious damage on agricultural land, digging up crop seeds and eating crop seedlings. Gardeners are not too keen on wood mice digging up their seeds either! Their sense of smell is so acute, they can sniff out the exact position of each seed in a row of newly-planted peas or beans. They dig directly down to the seeds rather than dig around at random.

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