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. 


Share this page

Did you know?...

The Meres and Mosses landscape was formed by retreating glaciers 12,000 years ago. Now, lowland raised peat bogs are one of the most endangered habitats on Earth.


What's going on?

News

05
sep

Rare jumping spider found on Marches Mosses

After a lapse of 30 years a rare bog dwelling spider, Sitticus floricola, has been rediscovered living on Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Natu...

16
jul

Lapwings benefit from recent management work

Young lapwings have been caught on camera by local photographer Stephen Barlow.

Get involved

Events

21
oct

Fungal foray

A free event exploring the Autumnal bounty of mushrooms and toadstools. Delicious or deadly? Bring a basket and prepare to be amazed.