Project information

Kent Harvest Mouse Survey

Experts believe the tiny harvest mouse may be in decline, but without distribution data this is difficult to prove. Our survey will produce a complete distribution map of harvest mice in Kent, allowing conservationists such as Wildwood to protect the species in the future.

September 2015 - August 2019

Charity information: Wildwood Trust

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  • Need


    Current uncertainty surrounding the harvest mouse distribution and population status is of concern to many conservation professionals, and is preventing any action from being taken to protect or manage the species appropriately. It is vital that we understand the distribution of the harvest mouse, to ensure all existing areas of its range are managed and considered appropriately, and any threats addressed.


    We will work to understand how the harvest mouse is distributed, and gain an idea of the current population across Kent. This will then enable management plans to be formulated, and action to be taken to protect the species and ensure its continued survival.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To address the deficit of information concerning the status of the harvest mouse in Kent


    » Wildwood plans a Kent-wide survey to map the distribution of the harvest mouse and establish a much-needed understanding of the population.

    What success will look like

    All 1,100 tetrads in Kent will have been surveyed for the presence of harvest mice

  • Impact


    All of the data collected during the survey will be analysed and mapped. A final report will be produced listing findings and recommendations


    Our biggest risk is not recruiting sufficient volunteers to survey each of the 1,100 tetrads in Kent. We are and will continue to promote volunteer opportunities within our wildlife park and through our communications and networks


    Donors will receive our regular newsletter and e-bulletins. Updates will also be posted on our social media pages.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £42,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,150 New staff Project manager
      £8,000 Volunteer training training courses for volunteers
      £4,250 Miscellaneous equipment, training, promotion & evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Kent Medway Biological Records Group £500 Guaranteed
    Kent Mammal Group £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our survey will take place right across the county of Kent. Our aim is to cover each tetrad in the county to get a complete picture of the presence of harvest mice


    We aim to involve a wide range of people in the project, engaging them with ecology for the very first time. Volunteers from across Kent will learn new skills on or training courses. Through our promotional work, people will learn how negative environmental issues affect the habitat of the harvest mouse.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wildwood is known for our expertise in small mammal conservation. We work to engage the community in conservation work by running training courses in a range of survey skills and topics, and by running activities to demonstrate how easily they can get involved in projects and help make a difference to the future of wildlife in their local area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steve Kirk

    Steve is our Project Manager. He's an expert in native small mammal species an with vast experience in wildlife surveying and training course deliver