Some animal conservatives then discovered that tennis balls make excellent, waterproof homes for these tiny rodents once you cut a small hole into the balls. The balls are attached to poles about a meter or a meter-and-half off the ground where they can make their nests in relative safety from birds of prey and weasels, which are too big to get through the hole.
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So occasional management is recommended where this is an option and strimming or brushcutting invasive scrub is often an effective way of finding nests as the intact ball will be easy to spot amongst the debris. I would recommend undertaking such management late in the season as it will dislodge mice as well as nests.
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