FIELD VOLE

Trail (UK) - - BASE CAMP -

The field vole (or short-tailed vole) is dark brown with a blunt face and short tail (obvs). The sta­ple diet of many of our owls and birds of prey, its pop­u­la­tions go in four-year cy­cles of boom then bust. They are ev­ery­where, but rank grass­land is their ideal habi­tat. This spring, after the snow had melted I was amazed at just how much ev­i­dence of them there was. Feel­ing safe with snow cover, they had tun­nelled un­der the snow but on top of the ground, leav­ing vole paths in the grass when the snows re­treated.

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