More Shrews, No Bees

Calum & Sandra showed me another water shrew – in their garden, perhaps brought in by a cat and found to be not to its taste. There was also a common shrew missing its head.

There have been Red Admirals and Meadow Browns about in the past few days but whilst the Cotoneaster simonsii (Himalayan Cotoneaster) has been covered in wasps and bumble and carder bees are everywhere, I have not seen a single honey bee on Raasay this year. It may be that the only hives remaining on the island have fallen into disuse as the owner is not well.

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