Mammals in the Forest - wood mouse - The Heart of England Forest
Wood mice can be found throughout the Forest in woodland and rough grassland, and they are likely to be in your garden too. They are generally nocturnal, but you might be lucky enough to spot one during a daytime walk.

Wood mouse on the the forest floor

  • Scientific Name: Apodemus sylvaticus
  • Description: : Small golden brown mouse with a pale under side. They have large ears and eyes and a long tail
  • Size: Up to 10 cm in length with a further 10 cm of tail, and up to 25 grams in weight
  • Preferred habitats: Woodland, rough grassland and gardens
  • Diet: Berries and seeds
  • Lifespan: 1 year


Females have up to six litters a year of between four and eight young.

Where do they live in the Forest?

Wood mice live extensively throughout the forest, but are most common in woodland and rough grassland. They are very likely to be found in your garden too.

Natural predators

Foxes, owls and domestic cats.

Spotting tips

Wood mice are generally nocturnal, but you can occasionally spot them in the day. Keep an eye out for small nests made out of leaves, moss and grass, usually under the roots of shrubs and trees.

Not to be confused with

Harvest mouse or house mouse. The wood mouse is bigger than a harvest mouse and browner than a house mouse.

Conservation status

Wood mice are common and widespread throughout the UK.

How you can help

Wood mice will happily make their homes in your gardens. Live a wild area of your garden and plant plenty of wildflowers and berry producing plants as a food source. Create a sheltered area in which they can build a nest.

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