Spring, the season of growth and renewal is well underway and this month I’ve been looking after baby harvest mice and baby robins. All together now: “Awwww” If you read my last post, you’ll know that spring is my favourite season of all. It’s a season of growth and new life and, on months like […]
Spring, the season of growth and renewal is well underway and this month I’ve been looking after baby harvest mice and baby robins. All together now: “Awwww”
The mice have two to three litters a year, each containing up to six young. Baby harvest mice are born blind and hairless, but by day 11 they have developed enough to start exploring outside the nest. By day 16, they are abandoned by their parents. Nature can be very cruel.
So, fast-forward to release day at the meadow. While Andy and I were placing the first set of mice into their new home, a family walked by inquisitively. There was mum, dad and two little girls. “Do you want to come and help release these mice into their new habitat?” I asked. One of the girls’ faces lit up; Kate, 9, and her dad hopped over the fence to give us a hand.
Rows of feathers will start to appear and they’re pretty much covered by 10 days. Juvenile robins are more a brown colour and don’t get the distinctive red breast we all associate them with until they’ve reached adulthood.
It has been a successful month all-round, full of new beginnings and it’s great to see the Village in bloom once more. Check back next month for more updates from my Wildlife Diaries.
I am the Senior Conservation Ranger at Sherwood Forest and have worked at Center Parcs for 20 years. My Wildlife Diaries is a monthly update of what life is like in the great outdoors, with a few tips along the way for you to use at home.