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Individual study: Habitat use by wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) in a changeable arable landscape

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Tattersall F.H., Macdonald D.W., Hart B.J., Manley W.J. & Feber R.E. (2001) Habitat use by wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) in a changeable arable landscape. Journal of Zoology, 255, 487-494


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Provide or retain set-aside areas in farmland Farmland Conservation

As part of the same study of wood mice Apodemus sylvaticus on an arable farm in England as that described in Tattersall et al. 1997, (Tattersall et al. 2001) found that after harvest, mice preferred hedgerow to set-aside.  Before harvest, wood mice tended to use habitats (crop, margin set-aside, block set-aside and hedgerow) at random.  After harvest, set-aside was avoided. Margin and cut set-aside were avoided significantly more than block and uncut set-aside.  A three ha block of set-aside adjoining a 20 m wide set-aside field margin was sown (grass/clover mix) in 1995 between two arable fields.  Twenty-four alternate 50 x 6 m wide patches of cut and uncut set-aside were created either side of the central hedgerow. The remaining 14 m width of the margin was cut as normal.  Thirty four wood mice were radio-tracked continuously for at least three nights (June-July and September-November 1996-1997).