Name: Weasel

Scientific name: Mustela nivalis

Category: Mammals

Nature Stars: 70

What are nature stars?

About: A small predator, like a mini version of the Stoat, around 20cm long with a relatively short tail. Weasels are very active hunters, feeding on small mammals and birds. They are found in a variety of habitats: woodland, grassland, hedgerows, heathland and moorland.

How to identify: Orangey-brown above, with a white throat and belly. Smaller than Stoat, with a relatively shorter tail with no black tip.

Where: Found throughout England, Wales and Scotland, but absent from Northern Ireland and most islands.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 90
  • Agility: 80
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 70
  • Traveller: 30

Fantastic fact: Weasels are so agile, they will even climb trees and enter nest boxes where they eat baby birds and eggs.

Photograph credit: Wildstock

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