Harvest Mouse Recording-volunteers wanted

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: 13th November 2016, 11:00
End Date: 13th November 2016, 15:00

Event Info

Following on from last years successful training workshop dedicated to the Harvest Mouse working in collaboration with Sorby Natural History Society, we have arranged another recording day on site at Worsbrough Mill & Country Park.

field-work-crop(Volunteers from last years survey searching for discarded nests on site)

Last years volunteers recorded a total of 23 discarded summer nests in the space of 2 hours! This year we are looking for even more volunteer recruits so we can cover a larger area. Volunteers will be briefed in the basics of identification and survey on the day.


(A discarded summer nest (left), Derek of Sorby with volunteer Julia (right))

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.

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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