HOW TO SPOT A SHREW

Country Living (UK) - - Nature -

Shrews are ac­tive dur­ing the day as well as night but are so quick dur­ing their per­pet­ual hunt for food that you’ll only ever catch a fleet­ing glimpse of them. To iden­tify small scur­ry­ing mam­mals, look at the eyes, snout and tail: a mouse has large eyes, a pointed snout and a long tail; a vole has small eyes, a rounded snout and a short tail; and shrews have small eyes, a very pointed snout and a short tail. It is against the law to trap a shrew without a licence but most Wildlife Trusts hold small-mam­mal-trap­ping events at least once a year so you can get close to them. Visit wildlifetrusts.org/whats-on/ search to find out about events near you. There are also op­tions for ur­ban dwellers hop­ing to en­counter a shrew – in west Lon­don you can join Vole Pa­trol (in­clud­ing shrews) from 25 Fe­bru­ary to 1 May 2017 in Eal­ing, Houn­slow and Hilling­don. Con­tact hpearce@wild­lon­don.org.uk; 020 8755 2339; wild­lon­don.org.uk/ vole-pa­trol-in-lon­don.

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