Friday, March 1, 2013
Small Mammal Nest
As to what exactly it is, that is a more interesting question. The two obvious contenders are Harvest Mouse and Dormouse. Sue Eden, in her brilliant book Living With Dormice, notes that Harvest Mice 'have a habit of finely splitting the grass leaves longitudinally'. There seems to be some evidence of that here. With no local Harvest Mouse signs yet being recorded in this area the money seems to be on Dormouse. Indeed, it looks very similar to the Dormouse hibernation nests in Sue's book, though there was no Dormouse inside and I'm sure the badger would have torn the nest apart if it had spotted it. So I guess it's most likely an old Dormouse summer nest. Whatever the answer, the owner is obviously very local to the sett and I'll be on the lookout for more signs as the year progresses!