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Doormice eat fruit in trees


I have a small orchard of 5 apple trees, 1 quince and 1 cherry tree and am yet to eat a cherry or a ripe apple.  Only the quince tree yields a healthy crop each year.  One day, the other fruit disappear overnight.  The reason for this had remained a mystery until I saw a large dormouse feasting on a branch.  I had noticed the mice elsewhere round the house before and this sort is aggressive and persistent.  The cats get a few, traps a few more but can anybody suggest a way of stopping them climbing trees to reach the fruit?  Thanks in advance.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,881

    Are you absolutely certain that these mammals are Dormice? These are an endangered species and I think that you may have another creature eating your fruit.

    This is a dormouse

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,881

    You can see how small Dormice are when you compare it to the blackberries it is hanging on to.

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  • Good point, thank you.  No, mine are grey and look more like a manky grey squirrel with a pointy nose.  Judging by the size of the berries, they are also quite a big bigger.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,881

    .How big are they? The fact that you describe them as aggressive makes me think 'rats'

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  • Smaller, leaner and fluffier than the rat above.  Here is a good likeness.image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,881

    This picture will give you a better idea of the size of a Dormouse

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,569

    If I had dormice running riot eating my fruit, I'd be happily shopping in the supermarket for apples and leaving the dormice to fill their boots. Sadly they are increasingly rare image

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  • ShepsSheps Posts: 935

    Maybe it's an Edible Dormouse?... they're are bigger and aggressive.

  • Thank you all. Whatever the perishers may be, the traps are humane and what gets caught gets moved away, advice's welcome on how to stop a cat running after "mice", but the question remains:

    Has anybody got a good suggestion to stop rodents climbing fruit trees and cleaning them up of all fruit?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    where are you ccess?

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