Home squeak home! Wildlife photographer creates a playground for family of mice in his back garden

Faced with a family of mice running about the garden, many of us would reach for the trap – or employ the services of a local tomcat.

Wildlife photographer Simon Dell, however, saw an opportunity. In the hope of getting some eye-catching pictures, he set about creating a little home from home for them – and these are the enchanting results.

Mr Dell created a special log house and playground for the mice, who he has called George and Mildred, and their baby, Mini. The creatures eat berries and nuts Mr Dell picks on walks around a nature reserve near his home in Sheffield.

He said: ‘Being a keen wildlife photographer I am often taking photos of birds on the feeders in the garden. Then one day I looked down to see a very cute little house mouse standing up in the grass.

‘Knowing there are cats just over the fence I thought I would give them a little more safety so collected some logs and made them a log pile home.’

He added: ‘The mice are very trusting and know I mean them no harm. I love nature so am happy to live alongside such cute creatures.’ 

Animal magic: Mice George and Mildred poke their heads out of their little man-made hut

Faced with a family of mice running about the garden, wildlife photographer Simon Dell saw an opportunity to set up mesmerising pictures

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Fruitful relationship: One of the mice nibbles on berries, nuts and apples – resulting in a series of delightful images

One of the rodents appears from his hut in the hunt for something to eat

Mr Dell built the special log house at his home in Sheffield and picks them food on his walks around a nature reserve

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