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Bank Vole in kitchen

Observed: 3rd January 2010 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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Clethrionomys glareolus - Great Kimble - Martin Harvey-4
Clethrionomys glareolus - Great Kimble - Martin Harvey
Description:

Bank Voles seem to like our kitchen, especially when there is snow outside and left-over Christmas cake inside!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Voles in the house

We tend to get field voles and wood mice in our kitchen. If you catch and photo another can you lift up the tank and take a photo of its underside? I can then tell you what sex you have.

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sa6688's picture

bank voles

Please can you tell me what size the bank voles are? I have seen something that looks like this, running in the garden, but was not sure what it was- it looked a bit round for a mouse, and a bit too big, also the tail was not scaly, as rats tend too be, the ears were very rounded, too, but not convinced that it was not an adolescent rat, especially as I also saw it climbing up an old clematis and jumping across a gap of about 10 cms, to get onto a tray on the bottom of a seed feeder, and calmly starting to eat, even though i was only about 10 feet away.
The camera was indoors on both occasions, so not able to get a photo.
I do not want to exterminate a mouse or a bank vole, but can get vicious with rat .Sorry, quite able to leave them in my fields, but not in my garden, don't want them too close to the house .

nemo46

the naturalist man's picture

vole

Voles are roughly the same size as mice, in the region of 10cm head/body length. If you have anything bigger you have a young rat.

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Graham Banwell

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