Sunday, March 29, 2009
Dark blue dots show records since 2000
Mid blue dots show records from 1990 - 2000
Light blue dots show records from before 1990 -
Shrews are rarely seen, and more rarely identified, unless dead. Of the three species in Pembrokeshire, the water shrew is the most-easily identified with its black back and white belly.
Although found most often near water, including small ditches, it can be found almost anywhere. One day a few years ago I was walking along a road and heard a squeaking from the freshly cut grass on a hedgebank. Several juvenile water shrews had been parked in the grass (before it was cut) by their mother, and they would not move until she returned. I did try moving one or two to a more concealed place a few feet away, but they moved back to where they had been originally. More information at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mammal/water_shrew.shtml