Unusual sighting of wood mouse

The pictures of the woodmouse taken at Westgate Wood taken by Tracey Kirk. NA
The pictures of the woodmouse taken at Westgate Wood taken by Tracey Kirk. NA

RARE images captured of a wood mouse forgaing during the day have been taken at a Boston-area woods.

The tiny rodent was spotted foraging for berries high in the branches of a tree at Westgate Wood, Wyberton.

The pictures of the woodmouse taken at Westgate Wood taken by Tracey Kirk. NA

The pictures of the woodmouse taken at Westgate Wood taken by Tracey Kirk. NA

Tracey Kirk, of Pelhams Lands, near Chapel Hill, and her sister-in-law Sue Kirk, of Wyberton, were walking through the woods on a frosty afternoon last week when they spotted the mouse and Tracey took these remarkable shots with her camera’s zoom lens.

Richard Austin, vice-president of Boston Woods Trust, which manages the site, said: “Wood mice have large ears and eyes as they are mainly nocturnal so it is rare to be able to take such clear photographs of the mouse in good light conditions.”

Westgate Wood was planted 12 years ago and is now part of the 80 acre Sir Joseph Banks Country Park. It has become a haven for wildlife including stoats, hares, deer and many bird species.

Mr Austin added: “An impressive sight is the barn owls patrolling the woodland edges looking for shrews and other prey.”

The Sir Joseph Banks Country Park is open for everyone to enjoy.

l For more information about Boston Woods Trust and its projects visit www.bostonwoods.co.uk.