Monday, 17 July 2017

Squabbles







Adult water voles, like hamsters, just aren't comfortable being near each other.  A big spat ensued after I snapped this photo.




At White Lion Meadow: tell-tale feeding sign.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Smallest Vole EVER







I was down at the town car park, looking at the feeding signs and droppings that told me water voles were still very much present - even though it's hard to see much through the undergrowth. Suddenly the tiniest vole I've ever seen in ten years of watching swam past. It was only the length of a small mouse; in fact when it sat down to eat, its size and shape put me in mind of a furry Brussels sprout. As you can see from the photo, it was small enough to sit on a glyceria leaf! 

There were also two adults about, so this stretch of the brook is clearly as busy as ever.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Who's Broken into this Burrow?





I came across this collapsed-looking water vole chamber, but I don't think it had just fallen in naturally because we've had no rain lately, and also some of the bedding had been pulled out. So my guess is digging badgers, or dogs. There were fresh vole droppings inside, though, so there are clearly voles still using the burrow system.


Delighted to see close up this adult water vole with a white spot on its head. I can only assume this is the grown-up baby I saw a few weeks ago. It's not often you can recognise individuals!



Saturday, 1 July 2017

Still Vole Presence at the Back of Tesco



 Latrine at the Wood Yard



Adult and baby voles in the field off Edgeley Road.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Milk and Plain Chocolate Voles


Adult voles (right) have lighter fur than babies (left).





Some key features of voles and their habitat.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Another Survey Day



Sloughed-off skin of a female adder


Broken half of a lapwing egg


Sundews




A water vole survey today on the Moss turned up no actual water voles, but we did see lots of sundews, an adder skin, a Large Skipper butterfly, a Tiger Moth and a water scorpion. The voles pictured above are from Edgeley Road.