"Mind where you put your feet, madam."
Water vole lawn outside a burrow
In high density populations, water voles tend to be braver than in lower density ones. Since the field off Edgeley Road is absolutely packed with voles, they're sometimes very bold indeed, provided you stand perfectly still. Even so, the flap of a pigeon flying past will send them fleeing - they're extremely wary of any bird in case it turns out to be a heron, large corvid or a bird of prey.