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DISPERSAL OF WOOD MICE AND BANK VOLES IN AN AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Acta Theriologica

Abstract

The aim of the study reported in this paper was to investigate the dispersal of wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) and bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus) between small woodlands in an agricultural landscape. By using live trapping and capture-mark-recapture methods, 1017 wood mice and bank voles were trapped and 78 movements between habitats were monitored. The results demonstrate that hedgerows are important both for settlement and for corridors for dispersing small mammals. The study also tends to indicate that increasing distance and lack of hedgerows reduces the number of wood mice moving between woodlands, and that the degree of isolation may vary in time depending on the nature of the ground cover provided by the arable crop.

Author(s): ZHANG, ZB; USHER, MB

Journal: Acta Theriologica

Year: 1991

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