Weighing just 4gm, the Harvest mouse is Europe’s smallest rodent. They are omnivores, feeding primarily on seeds and insects but also eat fruit and nectar.
Intricate woven nests are built during the breeding season and are attached to stems of long grasses high off the ground.
Threats: habitat loss
Lifespan: 18 months
Harvest mice have a prehensile tail which they use to grip onto tall grasses or reeds.
Our harvest mice are part of a breeding programme co-ordinated by our other 2 centres: The New Forest Wildlife Park and the Chestnut Centre.