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Vole Bank Voles

Bank Vole - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
If you want to get a really close look at a bank vole try using a humane trap - click here

Latin name: Clethrionomys glareolus

Size: Length from nose to base of tail is approximately 80mms. The tail is a further 60mms long.

Distribution: Found throughout England, Scotland, Wales and many of the Islands. Absent from Northern Ireland.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Found in hedgerows, banks and verges, especially in deciduous woodland.

Food: Nuts, seeds and berries.

Special features: This is the smallest vole found in the UK. It has very prominent ears and a chestnut-brown coat. They can be distinguished from mice by their shorter, blunt, almost hamster-like noses.

They live in underground chambers, accessed via a tunnel with an entrance hole about 3cms in diameter. Inside the chamber they keep a store of food.

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