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In The Larder of a Wood Mouse

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

If you go down to the woods today….in a remote Welsh valley, and have a little rummage around, it’s surprising what you sometimes find.  Here’s where a wood mouse has been storing and eating hazel nuts.  The lovely circular openings are the give away for what’s been eating these nuts.  If the openings had been perfectly circular, that would have been the work of the much rarer (and cuter) dormouse, but these were eaten and stored by a wood mouse.

And this is where he or she lives….

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Howe

In the next few weeks some of the commonest and some of the rarest butterflies in the country will emerge and bring these woods and grasslands to life, such as this beautiful silver-washed fritillary.

Photo:  Butterfly Conservation