Movember 2014 – half way.

The rarest of British mouse species, the moustache is said to be making a comeback in isolated populations around the country. A rather timid and elusive species, it lives a mostly solitary and almost parasitic existence usually surviving by trapping crumbs and scraps of food. This behaviour often goes unnoticed by the host. It also has a propensity to attempt camouflage by adopting the same coloration as the host, although many get no closer to the desired colour than mousy ginger.

What’s up mate?

Movember 2014 - half way 2Prickly in temperament, they are often shooed away by angry mates who find them a bit irritating.

Hairy history.

Moustaches have gone through differing states of popularity over the years, but have become a rare species in the current millennium.

Widespread throughout the country during the early twentieth century, many moustaches were shipped to Europe during the great war and did not return.

There was a brief increase in numbers during the seventies and eighties with most regular sightings occurring on maintenance engineers who had come to fix the boiler. Most recorded sightings are believed to be encounters with young ladies dressed in nothing but their underwear and complaining about it being too hot.

The best time of the year to see a moustache in the wild is said to be during the late-autumn/early-winter with a peak during Movember.

Tash for cash.

If you would like to know more about wild moustache populations in your area, you can visit the Movember website here where you can make a donation to the preservation of these dear little creatures.

Please try to make your donations soon, because we are already halfway through Movember and they will soon be looking for somewhere to hibernate.

While you are waiting for the BBC to broadcast Mousewatch, click here to see what I am doing for mental health charity, and why.