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The harvest mouse Micromys minutus is the smallest British rodent and is highly inconspicuous to the human eye. It inhabits marginal habitats that are not always ideal, but it is adaptable, intelligent and highly opportunistic. Harvest mice are active both during the day and at night, although most activity occurs at dawn and dusk. Unlike the dormouse, they do not hibernate, but spend most of their time in winter underground. Throughout the world, the harvest mouse is most common in wetlands and long grass. They are thought to have become much scarcer in recent years and they require conservation plans to reverse the decline.