Here's that battle with an apple.
Possibly the roundest vole I've ever seen.
Digging furiously. Water voles dig with their paws or their teeth.
If anyone's checking out the blog for the first time, then hello! About a Brook is a public record of water vole activity around Whitchurch which council planners, developers and landowners can use to check the 'vole-quotient' of various sites. It's also a resource bank of images about water voles - latrines and droppings, burrows, paw prints and feeding signs, to help you find voles of your own.
If you know of water voles near you, do always report sightings, as they're a protected species but we cant protect them unless we know they're there.