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Bank Vole

Observed: 13th May 2011 By: Marita
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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anonymous spotter's picture

In an unusual -

habitat! Do you usually have a vole about your person? ;-)

Marita's picture

Not on my person

The vole was not on my back thankfully. We set out Longworth traps as part of a mammal survey, we caught 2 of these in one trap. I am sure its a bank vole and not a field vole as it was identified for me by an expert, the photo is not at the best angle to see the tail.

the naturalist man's picture

Vole

This is a bank vole, the fur is just too rich a red/brown to be field vole. I'd be interested to know where it was caught though, was it in the hedgerow behind you or in the field?

The tail is too short to be a field vole either and if you blow the picture up you can see the tail has been nipped off by a predator.

Graham Banwell

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Marita's picture

Not in a hedgerow

or in the field as such. It was caught in a grassy area at the top of the bank of a small stream adjacent to the main part of the field. there were some mature trees along the bank and some bushes dotted around. We did not notice at the time the tail was nipped off is this common?

the naturalist man's picture

Chopped tails

I regularly catch small mammals whose tails have been nipped off at some pint in the past. I once trapped in York cemetery where almost 60% of the mice and voles had had their tails nipped off by the large feral cat population which inhabited the cemetery.

Graham Banwell

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