A Field Vole has been Here!

Rush stems stripped by Field Vole leaving pith behind on Wilden Marsh

Mike Averill sent me this photo of field vole activity on Wilden Marsh.

The field vole is more active by day than the common vole. It excavates shallow burrows  under leaf litter and snow. It also makes surface runs through tall vegetation, routes along which it can scurry back to safety if danger threatens. Off these are dedicated defecation sites and it often leaves little piles of chopped up grass stalks nearby.

4 Comments on “A Field Vole has been Here!

  1. What do you mean by common vole? Surely Field Vole is the common vole. The only other UK species are Water and Bank Vole.

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