A Cromford vole taken by John Harding last month
Water voles don't hibernate as such, but they do spend much more time underground during the winter months, eating food they've stored eg tubers. Field signs virtually disappear, and the White Lion Meadow banks seem deserted.
So this blog will, like the voles, go quiet till the spring, when I hope to bring you more news on the colonies round north Shropshire. Will Spot make it? Statistically, the odds are stacked against him - winter mortality rates are very high for water voles - but let's keep our fingers crossed, and hope he's back in the picture next February/March.