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a water shrew on a stream bank

Water Shrew Neomys fodiens

Suffolk Priority Species. The water shrew is the largest of Britain’s shrews. They have a long pointed snout, small ears, and tiny eyes. The fur is short, dense, velvety and jet black on the upper surface of the body, and usually greyish white/ yellowish underneath. Most have a tuft of white hairs on ears and white hairs around eyes. Distinctive stiff white hairs on the margins of the feet, and underside of the tail forming a keel. Image: Charlie Marshall (Flickr).

Find out more: The Mammal Society, Suffolk Wildlife TrustiNaturalist

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