Animals

By Mollie Tracey 

Adorable harvest mice have been captured on camera at home in the wild.


PIC BY Annah Ross / CATERS NEWS 

Annah Ross, 50, from Sussex, attended a harvest mice workshop with her sister, Jacqueline Patel, 56, where they captured the beautiful images in Dorset.

The mice can be seen clinging onto dandelions, balancing on flowers and hiding in between leaves in a remote field.

Annah said: “I have tried taking photographs of harvest mice before because they move so fast it’s always really difficult.

“I have always been interested in wildlife photography and in particular I love water voles.

PIC BY Annah Ross / CATERS NEWS 

“So it was nice to spend some time with a professional photographer who could show us how to use the best techniques.

“I was initially concerned that the birds of prey nearby might sweep down and take the harvest mice, but they were well protected.

“The hardest part was realising that they wouldn’t keep still and pose, we took over 3000 photographs between us in the three hours.

“But I think we would have enjoyed ourselves just as much if we didn’t have the camera there as the mice were so cute to watch.”

PIC BY Annah Ross / CATERS NEWS 

Annah and Jacqueline even shared their photographs on social media and were thrilled at the response.

She added: “One of my neighbours has replaced a series of photographs she had on her wall of her cat with three of my harvestmice photos, which is so lovely.

“I have always wanted to photograph a harvest mice on a dandelion seed head and so my favourite has to be the picture of the two mice on the dandelion head.

“I love it when the harvest mice look like they are smiling.

“I work for a company that makes a very well-known UK brand of cheese, amongst other products, so a lot of my friends have been teasing me but I tell them that’s how I got the mice to smile.”

PIC BY Annah Ross / CATERS NEWS