Coincidentally a friend of mine found a freshly dead water shrew out at Whixall, so here are some photos showing the animal detail. Note the silvery sheen on the dark fur in photo one, and typically pale ventral area also.
This blog charts the fortunes of water voles in and around the Whitchurch area, North Shropshire. Water voles are one of the UK's most threatened mammals, extinct in many counties, and so it's vital they receive as much monitoring and protection as there is going. Here in Whitchurch we're lucky enough to have them right in the middle of town - how cool is that?