Saturday, 18 October 2014

Disgruntled field vole

Today I helped out with a small mammal survey at Filey Dams Nature Reserve in North Yorkshire. This field vole looked rather disgruntled at being caught in a live-trap, but it still sat calmly to have its photo taken (as field voles usually do).

Thursday, 15 May 2014

On a roll with voles

A couple of weeks ago I was walking to work and spotted another water vole at a different location more than a mile from last month's Ratty. Today I took my camera with me and snapped the vole munching on the bankside vegetation.  It's amazing to see such an elusive and threatened animal on my 'commute' to work.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Ratty in danger

This morning I was delighted to see a water vole in the ditch alongside which I've walked various dogs for over 20 years without a single such sighting.
My delight turned to sadness later today when I learned that this ditch will be disturbed by the construction of part of a huge flood alleviation scheme - undoubtedly necessary, but I'm off to investigate what mitigation measures will be put in place for my little Ratty friend (and his/her descendants)!