Water vole

Val Saxby

Shaftesbury, United Kingdom

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This lovely little chap is one of this years babies – only a few weeks old and already independent. I took a trip to the release site in Kent again for a photoday with Terry & Phil at the weekend. There were a number of youngsters around but the adults were very shy.

The Distinctive ‘plop’ of a Water Vole diving headlong into an ambling stream is as English as the sound of leather on willow. It conjures up images of lazy days gone by, of Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad just messing about on the river. Unfortunately for most water voles life is somewhat harder, they don’t get much of a chance to mess about on rivers like Ratty and his carefree friends. Voles are struggling against a rapid and dramatic decline in numbers. Not so long ago a vole would have been a common sight on the banks of Englands rivers, but along with progress and industry came pollution and concrete and now Ratty has no place to go.

The guys at this release site are somewhat lucky in that they have a large area of an old watercress farm to call there own with lots of lovely waterways and someone to watch over them.

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