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Water vole?

Observed: 7th June 2013 By: rkw1rkw1’s reputation in Mammalsrkw1’s reputation in Mammalsrkw1’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

Swam along a ditch, in and out of holes just above the waterline.

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Swimming behaviour

Excellent sighting! The second photo is a really good illustration of how voles swim - sat high in the water. A brown rat would only have its head showing above the water and would have have left a v-shaped trail. You may also have heard a 'plop' sound as the vole dropped into he water, whereas rats slide in silently.
This vole has a very blunt nose - it looks like a little wombat!

Gill Sinclair
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