The harvest mouse is our smallest rodent, and is the only mouse to build a nest of woven grass above ground.
Harvest mice nests are constructed on stalks of grasses such as cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata), common reed or in cereal fields. The nests are found at least 30 cm above ground, and may be higher in tall reeds. They can be as small as 5 cm in diameter for non-breeding nests, and up to 10 cm in diameter for breeding nests.
The outer framework of the nest is constructed by weaving a large number of shredded grass leaves. The nest is then lined by pulling further grasses through the wall until it is densely woven without leaving an obvious entrance. Nests are more conspicuous in winter when the surrounding vegetation has died down.