Harvest Mouse Annual Nest Count

Join Roseanna from the DVLP team with Derek Whiteley of Sorby Mammal Group for an afternoon of small mammal recording at Worsbrough Mill and Country Park. One of the best strongholds for the elusive Harvest Mouse.


Start Date: 12th November 2017, 11:00
End Date: 12th November 2017, 15:00

Event Info

This will be the third year the annual nest count has taken place in partnership with Sorby Mammal Group and Roseanna from the DVLP Team. The last two years have seen a steady increase in discarded harvest mouse nests left over from the summer months when they are most active.

Worsbrough Mill & Country Park is one of the best areas for harvest mice locally, due to the habitat availability and preference’s of the female mice when making their nests to rear their young. Annual data allows us to monitor territories and any changes in population which is vital to protect the species.

Volunteers will meet at 11.00am outside Worsbrough’s classroom space. We will then venture out on site focusing predominantly on the reeds within the wet woodland to search for discarded summer nests and signs of harvest mouse occupation.

The aim is to map the areas used by harvest mice and to compare nest counts with previous years so we can continue to monitor and protect such an important and threatened species.We are hoping to make this an annual monitoring project.

Wellies and sensible outdoor clothing is strongly advised, as are strong gloves for searching in reeds. No experience required.

A DVLP joint event with Sorby Mammal Group of Sorby Natural History Society.

If you would like to participate please contact us at DVLP@barnsley.gov.uk to register an interest or give us a call on 01226 772414


Contact Details


Worsbrough Mill and Country Park Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 5LJ

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Map of Harvest Mouse Annual Nest Count