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will
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Posted: 18 Apr 2010
From Barn Elms today - one of three water voles seen - nice to know they're evidently doing well there, along with the introduced grass snakes, slowworms and viviparous lizards


will
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Posted: 07 May 2010
I take it back; apparently they're chewing the legs off frogs to get extra protein!
David Bird
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Posted: 04 Jun 2010
The water vole is an extremely vicious animal, many years ago I was offered a pair from a university research project that had finished, these were being kept in doors in lab conditions and was told how nasty they could be, on the journey down to me one of the animals had chewed its way through the wall of the divided carrying box, usually perfect for carrying rats and half eaten its mate, no wonder they have become rare in the wild if this is anything like normal behaviour and why one normally sees them on their own in the wild.
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ben rigsby
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Posted: 06 Jun 2010
beautiful pic of a charming animal. i used to see scores of these and more often hear them "plopping" into the (disused) thames and severn canal as a boy. lucky to see one there now. a familiar story i know!
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will
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Posted: 06 Jun 2010
Cheers Ben.  Must admit I always thought they were charming but in the light of David's comments I might have to revise my opinion...  Interesting that on the continent they are 'field' voles, hence the latin name Arvicola terrestris - why they are so tied to water in the UK beats me.
ben rigsby
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Posted: 06 Jun 2010
i know what you mean. they look like butter wouldnt melt so its quite shocking to hear davids story!

i expect mammal expert STEVE HARRIS would have an answer for you.

ben

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