Very small mammal - mouse sized. Small, rounded features. Reddish-brown fur
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I wouldn't normally agree with bank vs field without being able to see the tail, but the fur is very red and the ears are also quite prominant, so I'd agree with bank in this instance.
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Thanks, Gill. It was certainly very small-around the size of a Field Vole.
It moved so fast it was hard to make out tail size clearly.
Didn't appear to be too long but around medium in my opinion. Not sure if this helps!
Hi Sean - field voles have tails 1/3 of their body length or less whereas bank vole tails are at least 1/2 the body length, sometimes a bit longer. However bank voles that have had a narrow escape from a predator or some other mishap sometimes lose part of their tail, which can be misleading! I usually check by zooming in on the photo and looking at the end of the tail if it's visible - a naturally short tail will taper off slightly whereas an accidentally short one will have a much blunter end and even some scar tissue, but this isn't always visible in the photo.
Field voles tend to have longer fur than bank voles so that field voles' ears often barely protrude from the fur, and we can see this animal's ears very clearly.
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