Water vole or rat?

Water vole or rat?

Observation - Water vole or rat?. Description: I have shown this photo to others and we can't identify what exactly this animal is. It was seen in the new Dipping Place rill, a fresh water spring stream on the Tutton's Well site in Christchurch, Dorset. It has never been seen there before. There was a

I have shown this photo to others and we can't identify what exactly this animal is. It was seen in the new Dipping Place rill, a fresh water spring stream on the Tutton's Well site in Christchurch, Dorset. It has never been seen there before. There was a vole survey undertaken by Natural England a year ago before the Dipping Place as restored, but no voles were found.