European Water Vole

Where can I see the European Water Vole

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Emma Sanger-horwell
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The European Water Vole is a small, brown and white rodent that is found throughout much of Europe. They are aquatic creatures, meaning they live near water and make their homes in riverbanks and wetlands. They are also known as the water rat or the field mouse.

European Water Voles are very social animals and live in colonies of up to 30 individuals. They are active during the day and night, and feed mainly on plants, insects, and other small animals. They build their nests out of grasses, twigs, and leaves, and can swim and dive well.

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Least Concern (LC)
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Geeky Facts about the European Water Vole

Fact 1

As they are confused for rats an alternate given name is ‘water rats’.

Fact 2

Their dark colour allows them to blend in well in the densely vegetated areas they inhabit.

Fact 3

During periods of peak population, more than 100 water voles may inhabit one hectare of land.

Tours where I can see the European Water Vole

UK 3 Peaks Challenge
UK 3 Peaks Challenge

UK 3 Peaks Challenge

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United Kingdom
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Small group
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3 - Average

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