Caught by a cat 5 mins earlier, in a woodland garden bordering uncut fields.
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I think that the length of the tail in relation to the body (>70%?) indicates that this is a pygmy shrew rather than common.
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yes, sorry I had noted that difference but then forgot it, thanks
ps, do some common shrew look as dark as water shrew - we have both here and some of the cat kills have looked rather mole dark although seemingly only common shrew sized? (a 'dim view' indeed will be taken if they're taking the water shrew)(not my cat)
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It lacks the tufted tail one would expect on a juvenile common shrew and blowing up the original image on the fourth picture the dentition is that of a pygmy shrew
Lat/Lng: 51.746, -0.1578
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