In 2010, whilst volunteering with the Essex Wildlife Trust, I was given the opportunity to write an article on Water Shrews in Essex for the members magazine. I snapped up the chance and recently discovered that the article is available online, thanks to Healthy Life Essex.
This research and experience proved to be very useful when working on the water shrew captive breeding programme whilst employed at Wildwood Trust. I was given the task of trapping (Longworth) new individuals to be paired with the males already in the programme. In two trapping sessions, I managed to collect a juvenile female (with a licence from Natural England). We called her Whitney (Whitney Shrewston) and she is now active within the captive breeding programme at Wildwood. This task gave me experience in handling and sexing shrews, recognising field signs and gave some insight into population numbers in Kent, which I shared with the Kent Mammal Group for their Mammal Atlas records.