This was found in grass next to a hedgerow next to a very busy road
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These are great pictures by the way.
I'm no authority, but I think it could be Ichneumon sarcitorius.
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I agree - excellent pictures, no blurred edges!
Thanks for the comments, I've updated the title
Elisabeth A. Harris
Gavin Broad at the Natural History Museum says that this is indeed Ichneumon sarcitorius, so well done on the ID!
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Lat/Lng: 52.2, -3.4
OS grid ref: SO0560