Habitat selection by arable wood mice: a review of work carried out by the wildlife conservation research unit

  • Published source details Tattersall F.H., Tew T.E. & Macdonald D.W. (1998) Habitat selection by arable wood mice: a review of work carried out by the wildlife conservation research unit. Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Section B, Natural Sciences, 52, 31-36.


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Provide or retain set-aside areas in farmland

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Farmland Conservation
  1. Provide or retain set-aside areas in farmland

    A replicated study of wood mice Apodemus sylvaticus in arable habitats at two Royal Agricultural College farms at Cirencester, UK (Tattersall et al. 1998; following on from Tattersall et al. 1997), found that wood mice showed no preference for first-year set-aside over crops.  Wood mouse numbers were lowest on whole field set-aside (0-16), followed by hedgerow with set-aside margins (5-40) and crop (3-27). Numbers were significantly higher in woodland apart from in July (18-73).  There were two replicate 5 ha blocks of set-aside and adjacent 20 m wide set-aside margin strips of a similar area.  A grid of 49 live traps was set in each replicate covering the four habitats.  Trapping was undertaken monthly for a year from December 1995.


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