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Water vole

Observed: 31st December 2011 By: Graeme
The Anton River Conservation Association
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Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius) 31.12.11 Rooksbury Mill
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Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius) 31.12.11 Rooksbury Mill.3
Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius) 31.12.11 Rooksbury Mill.4
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Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius) 31.12.11 Rooksbury Mill.9
Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius) 31.12.11 Rooksbury Mill.10
Description:

last Watervole I will see this year having a feed, watched this fella for an hour or so

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

Fantastic

Very nice photo's hard to get photo's of them nice to end the year watching the little fella feeding.

Fenwickfield

Gill Sinclair's picture

Fantastic photos

Fantastic photos of one of my favourite British mammals. You were lucky to have such a great encounter and capture it like this.

Gill Sinclair
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ht787's picture

What great photos. A treat to

What great photos. A treat to see, but what a treat to have taken them!

the naturalist man's picture

Water vole

An excellent series of action shots, thanks.

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Terrestrial water voles

I saw mention today in a couple of journal articles of a 'scherman' species (or sub-species, depending on which articles you read) of water vole which is not at all aquatic - soemtimes described as 'entirely terrestrial' and at others even as fossorial.
Does anyone know where this species/sub-species of 'water' vole is found? Clearly not in the UK - all ours are partially aquatic - but I wondered whether they were found in continental Europe or further east than that? Just curious.

Gill Sinclair
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the naturalist man's picture

Arvicola scherman

This is one of those problematic splits, no one can decide whether it is a separate species or not.

However, it is found mostly in mountainous regions of south and east Europe. There are physiological differences but there are many gradations between the two 'species'. I suspect its habits are due to living in mountainous regions where there is little suitable water - most of it will be fast running streams.

You can find a little more information on the IUCN web site

http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/136766/0

Graham Banwell

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