The Water Shrew is an secretive mammal that is said to be widespread, although not often seen. Records are usually made from skulls in owl pellets or a dead animal. However, I was very pleased to see a live one in the small stream in my garden (a tributary of Gladder Brook) at Bliss Gate on 26th August 2013. I watched it for about 5 minutes whilst it was busy feeding amongst the Fool’s Water-cress Apium nodiflorum. Luckily I had my camera round my neck and managed to get a few shots before it scuttled off under the vegetation.