Below, two feeding stations.
I've posted before about my friend Debbie's water voles, the ones that live by the railway bridge near Homebase: http://staggsbrook.blogspot.com/search/label/railway%20bridge%20by%20Homebase . Now, because it's coming to the end of the year, I've been doing a tour round of known colonies and it's cheering to see the ones here obviously still doing well. A few hundred yards further up is the Black Park Road colony, also fine.
The guinea pig is Debbie's too, and I post it because I was struck by how similar the general blunt shape of the face is to a water vole's. This is a useful comparison when trying to explain to people how water voles are very much not rats. (Guinea pig droppings are also very simlar to water voles' - can be a handy reference point if you're training up surveyors!)