Skilled hunter, from moors to wetlands
Stoats can be found almost anywhere where their prey species are living, from high moors where ground-nesting birds and small rodents make their homes, to wetland areas where frogs, worms and large insects are consumed. Here in Cornwall a favoured habitat is our stone walls. These can be traversed in comparative safety and provide a source of cover to dash to should they feel threatened when hunting prey such as rabbits out in the open.
Stoats are active by both night and day, seeking their prey mainly by scent. They hunt in spurts, broken up by rest periods where they 'lie up' in thick cover or use the dens and holes of other animals. Although skilled hunters in their own right, having the ability to capture prey much larger than themselves such as rabbits, young hares and adult birds, they are, in turn, preyed upon by foxes, feral cats and birds of prey.
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