Water voles

Mammals

Description

Water voles are semi-aquatic mammals that live along watercourses, burrowing into the banks and feeding on sedge and grasses.

They are chestnut to dark brown in colour, with a blunt nose. Water voles are the largest vole species found in Britain, and are hunted by mink, raptors and cats.

It is estimated that Water voles have disappeared from 95% of their former territories. As of April 2008 water voles are a fully protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. 


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The Meres and Mosses area is the second largest natural network of ponds and wetlands in England (the Lake District is the largest)


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