The ditch where I mostly photograph water voles is quite narrow, so a downpour often wipes all traces of voles away, bar their burrows. Bits of feeding and footprints are swept off, and latrines submerged. I was quite worried when I went down this evening as there were no field signs after last night's rain. However I soon saw two voles and I'm sure when I go down to the field next time the latrines will have been restored.
This blog charts the fortunes of water voles in and around the Whitchurch area, North Shropshire. Water voles are one of the UK's most threatened mammals, extinct in many counties, and so it's vital they receive as much monitoring and protection as there is going. Here in Whitchurch we're lucky enough to have them right in the middle of town - how cool is that?