The western harvest mouse
(Reithrodontomys megalotis) is present in relatively low numbers.
The slough provides habitat for several threatened and endangered species, including the salt marsh harvest mouse
, the California black rail, the California clapper rail, and a plant known as the Jepson pea.
Migrating waterfowl and shorebirds abound this month, and seasonally high tides are likely to flush into view some selfom-seen marsh denizens such as the clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse
At the same time Lisa worked at the Harvest Mouse
pub in Heswall, and it was during her time there she was approached by a company offering NVQ courses in catering and hospitality.
9 In the animal kingdom, which is larger, the harvest mouse
or the house mouse?
Naturalist Sam Talbot is preparing to reap the rewards of her efforts to help the scarce harvest mouse
DECLINING: Although found in abundance in the south of England, the harvest mouse
is dwindling elsewhere
Overall, eight species of rodents and one species of insectivore totaling 36 individuals were captured: hispid cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus, 12 individuals in all habitats), marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris, 7 individuals), cotton mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus, 6 individuals), white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus, 3 individuals), pygmy mouse (Baiomys taylori, 3 individuals), eastern wood rat (Neotoma floridana, 2 individuals), deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus, 1 individual), fulvous harvest mouse
(Reithrodontomys fulvescens, 1 individual) and least shrew (Cryptotis parva, 1 individual).
truei = pinyon mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis = western harvest mouse
, and other).
The harvest mouse
has continued to spread and now occurs in the following 18 counties in northwestern Indiana: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Fountain, Fulton, Jasper, Lake, Marshall, Newton, Parke, Pulaski, Starke, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren, and White Counties.
The salt marsh harvest mouse
is a small nocturnal rodent that makes its home and all of its meals out of pickleweed (Salicornia virginica), a native plant growing in the salt marshes.
Newcastle University PhD student Wendy Fail, who is researching the colony at Earsdon Hill, said: "The harvest mouse
is one of the most understudied small mammals found in Great Britain.