Water Shrew

Neomys fodiens

Nottinghamshire Mammals

Description

Much larger than the Common Shrew. Strongly two tone fur which is black on its back and sides and silvery-grey underneath. The underside of the tail has a keel of stiff silvery hairs.


Probably more widespread than our records suggest. Recorded from 22 out of 35 hectads (11 since 2010). Hunts for aquatic invertebrate by diving in rivers, ponds and streams.

A recent survey of the Erewash Valley by Esther Kettel which was funded by the PTES found them to be widspread in the survey area. Droppings which were deposited in bait tubes placed close to the waters edge confirmed their presence in several new monads

Photograph Terry Whittaker Photograpy


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