Due to popular demand, I have been doing some research about our Shrew And Vole Influx.
The BBC has rather a good wildlife site, with comparative facts and pictures about Voles, Shrews and Mice, which should hopefully straighten things out.
Last night we shut the cats out of the bedroom and came downstairs to find two shrews and something with thought might be a vole, but which on examination of the BBC webpage we think was probably a mouse. If it was a vole it was a young one, because it wasn't very big.
They were all lined up in a row at the foot of the stairs in an articulate 'See us demonstrate our love for you by bringing you small dead mammals, even if you won't let us sleep on the bed any more because we bring live shrews up and drop them on your pillow at 4.30AM' arrangement.I felt no guilt.
For further analysis, apply to Jamie, who apparently has a master's degree involving, if not actually in, Shrew Identification.
Tomorrow: No shrews. I promise.