Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Voles of Criftins

 All likely-looking burrows, set within excellent habitat.

I took a look round the Criftins area of Ellesmere, at a ditch a colleague had told me was home to water voles. I didn't see any feeding or latrines, but there were quite a few burrows, and a man walking his dog confirmed there were water voles in the field.

The vole photographed above shows the variation in fur colour that can occur in different lights. I thought initially this was a very dark animal, possibly a baby, then it moved into the sun and the fur turned much paler. It's chewing its way through bramble stems, balancing on one with its hind paw to grip.


Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I do love coming across little streams and waterways

Kate said...

Great, isn't it?