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2012-04-27 22:06:21

Dr. Claudia Bieber from the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI) of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, and fellow scientists analysed a capture-recapture data set on common dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) to investigate the life-history strategy of this species. These small rodents are about the size and weight of a wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus), but, unlike their rodent cousins, they hibernate — usually from late September/October to April/May. This is...

2008-09-05 06:00:10

By Jenny Haworth Environment Correspondent FROM water voles to sea trout, Pittarthie is teeming with wildlife that would rarely be spotted on other farms. Its owner, Patrick Bowden-Smith, has been so successful in attracting wildlife to his farm in Fife that he is representing Scotland in a UK competition. Sea trout returned for the first time in 60 years after he built a fish ladder in his burn so they could get to spawning beds. And eels wriggle in the water, which is protected...

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2008-05-26 09:55:00

For the first time in over 400 years, the European beaver will be reintroduced to Scotland in the spring of 2009, according to the Scottish Government. Michael Russell, the Environment Minister, quipped, "This is an exciting development for wildlife enthusiasts all over Scotland and beyond. Four beaver families will be caught in Norway in the fall of 2008, put into quarantine for six months, and released into one of five lochs in Knapdale, Argyll on a trial basis. According to Mr. Russell,...


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Common Vole, Microtus arvalis
2012-08-05 21:02:11

The common vole (Microtus arvalis) is native to Eurasia, with a very large range stretching across many areas. Its preferred habitat includes all areas besides densely forested areas. It will inhabit agricultural lands, and as a result will end up eating the crops found there, although it prefers grass. The common vole varies slightly in size between sexes, with males weighing an average of 1.7 ounces and females weighing 1.4 ounces if not pregnant. It will inhabit home ranges of up to .3...

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2007-06-25 08:52:34

The Parti-colored Bat or Rearmouse, Vespertilio murinus, is a species of bat in the family of Vesper bats known as Vespertilionidae. It is a medium sized bat with a body size of 2.5 inches and a wingspan from 10.5 to 13 inches. The average weight is 0.4 to 0.8 ounces. Its name is derived from its fur, which has two colors. Its backside is red to dark-brown, with silver-white-frosted hair. The ventral side is white or gray. The ears, wings and the face are black or dark brown. The wings are...

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2007-06-25 08:30:05

The Harvest Mouse, Micromys minutus, is a small rodent native to Europe and Asia. They are typically found in fields of cereal crops such as wheat and oats. They are also found in long grass and hedgerows. They have reddish-brown fur with white under parts and a naked tail. The tail is highly prehensile (good at grasping). An adult has a head and body between 2 and 2.8 inches, with a similar length of tail. It weighs two to four ounces. This mouse eats chiefly seeds and insects but also...

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2007-01-19 11:20:11

The Eurasian Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus), often shortened to Pygmy Shrew, is a widespread shrew of northern Eurasia. It is the only shrew native to Ireland. Active throughout the day and night, the Eurasian Pygmy Shrew is one of the smallest shrews. It lives up to sixteen months and never hibernates. It has grey-brown fur and measures around 1.57 to 2.36 inches (40 to 60 mm) when full grown. It has a hairy tail that may be as long. It lives in undergrowth and leaf litter.

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2007-01-10 12:49:37

The Eurasian Water Shrew, known in British English as the water shrew, is a relatively large shrew. It is up to 3.94 inches (100 mm) long, with a tail up to three-quarters as long again. It has short dark fur, often with a few white tufts. It has a few stiff hairs around the feet and tail that act as a keel in the water. Its fur traps bubbles of air in the water that greatly aids its buoyancy, but requires it to anchor itself if it wishes to remain underwater for more than the briefest of...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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