In Lithuania, the Soricidae family is represented only by three species--common shrew, pygmy shrew, and water shrew
As examples, hantavirus antigens have been previously detected in tissues of the Eurasian common shrew (Sorex araneus), Eurasian water shrew
(Neomys fodiens), and common mole (Talpa europea) in the former Soviet Union (35,36), and seroreactivity suggestive of hantavirus infection was found in short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda) in the United States (37).
While attempting to photograph two lizards basking on a silver birch log at the water's edge, I was attracted by a movement, which at first I thought was a water shrew
. Closer inspection revealed a large spider further along the log, which I immediately recognised as being a Dolomedes spider.
This benefits other endangered species, which the mink predate upon such as our native water voles and water shrew
which need help in surviving as their numbers are now dangerously low.
and water vole were once a common sight along Northumbrian waterways.
Volunteers will also be encouraged to help with projects such as a regional water shrew
For me it was a door to a magical world of basking adders, of trout, eels and water shrews
in the River Alun, of scrub filled with the tinkling sounds of goldfinches and yellowhammers calling out for 'a little bit of bread and no cheese'.
There are also interesting fact boxes, for example did you know that water shrews
have poisonous spit, shore crabs can grow new claws if they are grabbed by a predator, or that a dragonfly larva moves by squirting water out of its bottom?
We were surprised when we saw the same molecular signature in whales and seals, but also in semi-aquatic beavers, muskrats and even water shrews
"The jawbones belonged to water shrews
but, most excitingly, the skull was a harvest mouse - a significant find for us here at Saltholme and the county."
All other sorts of minorities are protected by law, even tiny little water shrews
are considered when construction projects are concerned.