Saturday, 20 April 2019
We did a routine survey of the Greenfields nature reserve, Whitchurch Country Park, and found stacks of water vole burrows, plenty of feeding especially on nettles, plenty of droppings and tracks. It looks as thought the population there continues strong and healthy.
Meanwhile the water voles down Edgeley Road are active. I saw three last night, two of whom had a bit of a spat over possession of a burrow.
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Monday, 15 April 2019
Thursday, 11 April 2019
characteristically starry paw prints
With a bit of practice you can quickly spot where the voles have been, even if you don't see the animals themselves. Stretches of mud are good for starry prints, and flat rocks and bits of rubbish good places for droppings. Look out too for reeds chewed off at the base, at a 45 degree angle.