Image for Shrew hunt

Shrew hunt

Duration: 05:06

Bill Oddie has always wanted to see a Scilly shrew, so he heads off on a shrew trapping expedition with some island locals. The shrews are being trapped for study. The first traps checked are empty and another reveals three mice, but finally he team finds one with a shrew in it. The tiny creatures is released into a cage so Bill and the team can observe it. These shrews don't occur on mainland Britain, only on Scilly and the Channel Islands. Bill tells how when the shrews have to make a new nest site they travel in caravan style, nose to tail behind the mother.

Available since: Fri 21 May 2010


Bill Oddie
Mark Groves
Tegwyn Harris
Lisa Leaver
Kim Roberts
Stine Tollefsrod
Simon Roberts

This clip is from

Bill Oddie Goes Wild Series 2, Scilly Isles

1/8 This edition focuses on the Scilly Isles, home to tropical flowers and exotic birds.

First broadcast: 04 Jan 2002

Image for Scilly Isles Not currently available on BBC iPlayer

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.