This Wood Mouse was caught in my garden yesterday using a longworth trap. It was release unharmed with a belly full of food. These critters will munch through plenty of caterpillars, slugs and snails during their short lives to make them far more a gardner's friend than enemy.
While they have never caused me any problems, according to pest control companies we shouldn't be able to sleep at night with such beasts nearby:
"the mouse is a terrifying creature and perhaps partly fuelled by their fast and unpredictable movements"
"can seriously damage water and gas pipes, electric cables, packaging and woodwork. Instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them"
Sleep tight :)