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Small mammals in new farm woodlands



A number of recently planted farm woodlands, along with adjacent agricultural land and hedgerows were surveyed using live traps to compare their importance for small mammals. Small mammal numbers were far higher in newly planted woodlands than in both hedgerows and agricultural land. Seven species were trapped in farm woods compared with five in hedgerows and two in agricultural land. The most frequently trapped species in the establishing woodlands was the harvest mouse Micromys minutus, followed by the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus. The potential importance of newly planted farm woodlands for small mammals is discussed.