helenwindyhills's picture

Vole

Observed: 3rd November 2007 By: helenwindyhills
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Vole
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Fenwickfield's picture

Tail short

I think it is more likely to be a short tailed vole ie bank vole

Fenwickfield

Gill Sinclair's picture

Field vole

The short tail is indicative of the short-tailed vole(!), which is the field vole (as IDd by Syrphus), not the bank vole.

Gill Sinclair
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helenwindyhills's picture

Vole

Thank you, Short tailed vole it will be.

Helen Taylor

the naturalist man's picture

Voles

Syrphus is right, this is a short-tailed field vole.

Incidentally, the common vole you name M. arvalis is a continental species only found on Orkney and Guernsey in Britain; the bank vole is Myodes glareolus. Confusing, I know, why do we give a very rare vole the vernacular name "common vole"? But then why common gull or common seal when neither are anywhere near as common as similar species?

Graham Banwell

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dejayM's picture

Orkney cuttick