I photographed this little guy in the moat surrounding Arundle Castle, Sussex, where a strong colony has grown over the years; which probably started by a few escapies from the WWT centre located about one mile from the castle
As their name suggests water voles live by waterways throughout mainland Britain, preferring slow flowing rivers and streams. Water voles are mainly vegetarian. Recording shows that they feed in a large number of differnt plant species, but are also known to eat insects, molluscs and dead fish They dig into the banks of streams or ditches to create a system of tunnels and chambers.
Water Voles can be found in Europe, some parts of Asisa and the West of North America.
The population has dwindled to the point it became an endangered specie. The main reaosn for the decline was the American mink, which were released by mink farmers into the wild. The American minks are natural born killer and water voles are on their favourite menu
However, one can not denie the impact from pollution caused by farmers and industry .
The British Wildlife Trust together with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) have embarked in a preservation programm in the hope to rekindle the population in the UK.