Harvest Mouse

Name: Harvest Mouse

Scientific name: Micromys minutus

Category: Mammals

Nature Stars: 80

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A tiny mouse, with a body of about 5-6cm and a tail up to 6cm. The Harvest Mouse lives in long tussocky grassland, in reedbeds, in hedgerows and around woodland edges. They build a spherical nest of tightly woven grass, high up amongst the tall grasses. They are mainly vegetarian, eating seeds and fruits, but will also eat invertebrates. An adult Harvest Mouse weighs as little as a 2p piece!


Find out more about the harvest mouse on its Feature Creature page.

How to identify: Our smallest mouse, with pale gingery fur and a white belly.

Where: Southern and central England

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 20
  • Agility: 90
  • Rarity: 80
  • Cute factor: 100
  • Traveller: 30

Fantastic fact: The Harvest Mouse is the only British mammal to have a prehensile tail: it can use its tail like a fifth limb, holding onto grass stems with it.

Photograph credit: Robin Redfern

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