Yellow necked mouse

Prefers mature, deciduous woodland but can enter properties, traditionally some houses in rural areas experience a seasonal problem of infestation by yellow necked mice. They have successive pregnancies from February to October, producing litters of between 2 and 11 young.

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Latin name: Apodemus flavicollis

Identification

  • Brown fur on its back, white on underside with a band of yellow across the neck
  • Found in restricted ranges in the UK including Suffolk and Kent
  • Large ears and protruding eyes
  • Mainly nocturnal

In the garden

Yellow necked mice feed primarily on tree seeds, fruits, some green plants and invertebrates; the diet is very similar to its cousin, the woodmouse.

They are locally common but only found in restrictive ranges in Southern Britain from Dorset and Kent, up to Suffolk and also in the Severn Basin from Gloucestershire to Staffordshire. It is unclear why it only exists in these regional areas, but may be to do with climatic factors, possibly showing an aversion to wetter, less sunny areas.

Although it is believed to prefer mature woodland they have been known to turn up in hedgerows and gardens, having nests either above or below ground with extensive tunnel systems and several entrances

Did you know

  • Yellow necked mice are great climbers
  • Yellow necked mice and woodmice can be competitive but the yellow necked mice, being bigger and more aggressive, usually prevails.
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