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Mice to see you again - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Joel Ireland, Catch My Drift project trainee set to release a water vole at East Chevington. Image by: Sophie Webster.
Joel Ireland, Catch My Drift project trainee set to release a water vole at East Chevington. Image by: Sophie Webster.

The release, undertaken as part of the wildlife charity’s Catch My Drift project, has been made possible thanks to a large private donation and further reinforces what is one of the few harvest mouse colonies north of the River Tyne.

The 185-hectare reserve, which is a haven for birds and other mammals, will hopefully prove a successful breeding ground for the cute animals, which weigh the same as a 10p coin.

The East Chevington site with its extensive reed beds provides a suitable habitat for the mice, which build distinctive circular grass nests on tall plants 3ft from the ground.

Joel Ireland, Catch My Drift project trainee said: “It’s great that we have been able to release another 100 harvest mice onto the East Chevington reserve, so fingers crossed the project will be able to create a stronghold in Northumberland for this wonderful mammal once again.”

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