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Water vole on the Nottingham Canal
Observed: 26th April 2008 By: clydehinton
Added: 12th November 2009
The Nottingham Canal is not in water along much of its length between Langley Mill and Bramcote, and certainly isn't navigable. I was cycling along the canal towpath back in April 2008 when I saw two rodents frolicking together in the water on my side of the canal. I tried to be discreet but they both took off while I was getting my camera out from my saddle bag. I'm sure everyone can relate to the further delay caused by the digital camera not wanting to immediately take the picture. By the time the shutter had closed, there was just one of these creatures and that had almost got to the other side. I was reasonably sure that these two animals were not just brown rats, but rather water voles. Their muzzles were rounded, not pointed. Obviously, I could not see much of their bodies but the tails seemed quite short. As a matter of interest, a few years before, I had seen a water vole on the towpath of the Erewash Canal near Sandiacre, Derbyshire. Can anyone identify this as a water vole from such scanty evidence, please?