Lots of Edgeley Road voles tonight. At least five, plus a water shrew
A water vole trackway, off Edgeley Road.
Water vole feeding station (also Edgeley Road)
I include this photo of a brook near Coton because at first glance it looks as if it would be ideal for water voles. The water's clear, not too fast-moving, the banks are soft and there's plenty of vegetation for hiding and food. But a closer look at the bottom will tell you it's no go - bare stony shingle covers the stream bed, and w-vs require silt or mud they can kick up to hide from predators when startled. Clear water makes them just too vulnerable.