The common shrew is one of Britain's smallest mammals and is closely related to the mole and hedgehog.

Breeding

Common shrews breed from May until October and a female produces at least two litters during this time, each having from 4 - 10 young, the average being around 6. The young are born in a cup-shaped nest woven from dry grass and other plants; this has a loose roof through which the mother shrew comes and goes. To begin with the babies are naked, blind and deaf. They grow quickly and are independent at one month old.

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