In a study on similar field vole populations, survival rates were lowest in spring (Newson & Chitty 1962), as were those of bank voles and wood mice in the United Kingdom (Telfer et al. Of the two, field voles are much the commoner in Britain but because they are found in expanses of long grass they are infrequently found in gardens. BTO occasionally contacts supporters who have expressed an interest in volunteering for surveys, or have volunteered in the past, to promote participation in other surveys. The Field vole is common and widespread throughout its range but the global population size of this species is unknown. The field vole can be found in a range of moist habitats, including woodland edges, river banks, wet grassland and parks. Larger species, such as the European water vole, live longer and usually die during their second, or rarely their third, winter.As many as 88% of voles are estimated to die within the first month of life. On the canal bank. BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist, Gavin Siriwardena, explains how the urban landscape is affecting our wild bird populations. Europe is home to 18 vole species, while in Britain we have only three: the bank, field (Microtus arvalis) and water vole (Arvicola amphibius). The bank vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse when young but developing a stouter body, a slightly rounder head with smaller ears and eyes and a shorter, hairy tail. Includes the latest news and updates from Mammal Society! They breed between March and October, having 5-6 litters with 4-5 young in each. The easiest way to tell them apart is to look at the tail. They are herbivores eating seeds, roots, mosses and leaves and spend much of their time among vegetation living in runs and burrows and so are seldom seen. Water voles live near streams, rivers, ditches, ponds, lakes, and other wet places. They are found in moist grassy habitats, such as woodland, marsh, or river banks. Grey/brown fur above, creamy/grey fur below and a short tail. Generally they are larger than bank voles however the size is variable especially as young ones are abundant during the summer months. It has chestnut brown fur fading to grey on the belly. Design by Fingerprint Digital Media. The field vole is also called the short-tailed vole. It is very similar to the bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus) but the latter has red-brown fur, a longer tail and more prominent ears than the field vole. They boast a grey/brown coat as opposed to the warmer, more rustic red/brown of the Bank Vole. The bank vole (Myodes glareolus; formerly Clethrionomys glareolus) is a small vole with red-brown fur and some grey patches, with a tail about half as long as its body. shorter than the bank vole, and fur is shaggier, covering the ears. Bank voles have large ears (but not as large as mice) which distinguish them from other UK vole species. Bank vole (Myodes glareolus) They are one of the most common mammals in Europe, ranging from the Atlantic coast to Lake Baikal. Mice have longer tails. Apr 11, 2018 #12 Bigger ears, redder fur, longer tail. They nest in underground burrows. Life Span: The average life span of a field vole is up to 1 year. BTO currently promotes two appeals a year, and occasionally offers membership opportunities to non-members. Bank Voles generally forage during dawn and dusk. These voles rarely live longer than 12 months. The bank vole is found in much of Europe and in northwestern Asia. The field vole occurs typically in ungrazed grassland or in the early stages of forestry plantations but may also live in woodland, hedgerows, dunes, scree or moorland, wherever grass is available. The smallest vole in Britain, this animal is an excellent swimmer that is able to cross wide water streams. The coat is red-brown, the ears are prominent and the tail is long. They have small eyes, small ears and a blunt snout. It is a small plump vole (head and body 90-120 mm) with a short tail about a third of the body length. Field Voles as a rule appear much colder. Orkney voles (Microtus arvalis orcadensis) are found only on the Orkney Islands in Scotland. Mouse Problems. What are mice and voles? The young become independent after four weeks. Field vole, bank vole and woodmouse burrows are much smaller at only 2 – 3cms across. It is richer in colour than the similar field vole and has a proportionally longer tail. They are larger than Field Voles, measuring about 13 to 17 cm long. 278918Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions The breeding period sometimes extends into the winter if there is enough food. The bank vole, on the other hand, lives in holes dug into hedge banks, under sheds, amongst tree roots, in log piles and various other locations which are more readily found in gardens. The Field Vole is one of the most common small rodents in the countrysides of Britain and Europe. Four species of mice and voles sometimes cause damage in gardens. The eyes and ears of a field vole are also less prominent than those of a bank vole. Bank Vole – Clethrionomys glareolus Distribution A common small rodent of woodland, scrub and hedgerows. Bank Vole or Wood Vole, (Clethrionomys glareolus) This has rich reddish-brown fur on the back, a body length of about 100 -110mm and a weight of about 25g. They also have a much longer tail than the Field Vole. It is found throughout the British mainland, however, it is not resident in Ireland, the Isle of Man or Northern Isles. Water vole much bigger than field vole, with head and body length of 14-22cm compared to 9-12cm. ... Lundy and Ireland; they are replaced by larger Orkney and Guernsey voles on the respective islands. Occurs throughout the British mainland, but not quite so common in the more open country preferred by the very similar field vole. The bank vole is rich, chestnut-brown above, and white below. Bank Voles breed from March to October and an average of four young are born after a gestation period of 18-20 days. The average life of the smaller vole species is three to six months. Although they are active during the day, they are much less likely to be seen than bank voles because they rarely leave the safety of cover. The bank vole is a small plump animal with a characteristic blunt vole face and small round ears. Field Voles as a rule appear much colder. The holes are … Subscribe to our mailing list and receive regular e-bulletin packed full of mammal news and ways you can get involved with mammal conservation. The Field Vole Microtus agrestis has been present in the British Isles since the last glaciations but is not present in Ireland or some of the western islands. This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. PROSIECT ADFER LYGOD DWY YNG NGHYMRU/ WATER VOLE RESEARCH PROJECT. 1455136 Charity No. You can help water voles by surveying annually to find out where they are present or absent to detect any changes in their populations and distribution. In yards, voles dig burrows and create pathways of dead grass, called runways, in lawns. The fur of the Field Vole also appears somewhat more unkempt, at times covering the ears and nose though after a good downpour or run in with a cat I am sure a Bank Vole could appear equally as bedraggled. Distribution & Habitat The ears are partly hidden in the fur which can at times appear rough, long and straggly. They eat berries, seeds, leaves and some insects, and though they are mostly found on the ground, they will climb for hedgerow fruits. Currently, this species is classified as Least Concern (LC), and its numbers remain stable. Bank voles can be distinguished by their blunt nose, small eyes and ears, a richer, chestnut brown fur and a proportionally longer tail compared to the field vole. Urban & gardens, deciduous woodland, grassland, mixed woodland, heathland, arable land. That is indeed a Bank Vole Views: 52 T. Timbirder3 Well-known member. 2002). Moreover, this agile creature is a fast runner and an accomplished climber. The fur of the Field Vole also appears somewhat more unkempt, at times covering the ears and nose though after a good downpour or run in with a cat I am sure a Bank Vole could appear equally as bedraggled. They boast a grey/brown coat as opposed to the warmer, more rustic red/brown of the Bank Vole. They also consume a variety of garden plants and eat the bark from trees. Dark brown coat (on occasion can be black), visibly much darker than field vole.Tail 60% length of head & body, proportionately longer than field voles, which is 30%. You can unsubscribe at any time. Registered Charity Number 216652 (England & Wales), SC039193 (Scotland), © British Trust for Ornithology, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU, Tel: +44 (0)1842 750050 Fax: +44 (0)1842 750030. Vole vs. Mice have proportionately much larger, more prominent eyes and ears than voles (vole ears are often subtle and covered by fur). Water vole (Arvicola amphibius) Voles have blunter, rounder faces, smaller ears and eyes, and shorter tails than mice. Read our full Privacy Policy and Website Terms and Conditions of use. The tail is dark on top and paler below. Bank Voles forage day and night and feed on buds, leaves, fruit and some insects. Voles have blunter, rounder faces, smaller ears and eyes, and shorter tails than mice. Similar size to field vole (around 9-12cm) but tail proportionately longer than that of field vole, being 50% length of head & body, whilst field vole is 30% (this is the main distinctive feature … There are exceptions of course: water voles have long tails and harvest mice are often said to have vole-like proportions, as they have a more rounded muzzle and subtle ears and eyes. It has shaggier fur than the similar bank vole and a proportionally shorter tail (less than 30% of its body length). Water vole burrows appear as a series of holes along the water’s edge, some just above or at the water level on steep banks, others can be below the water level There can also be burrows occurring further up the bank, up to 3m from the water’s edge. Bank Vole Myodes glareolus Bank Voles are easily confused with Field Voles. The prairie vole is found in rather dry situations in the southern half of the state. Field Voles as a rule appear much colder. Compared to the bank vole, which has a rich chestnut coloured back and pale belly, the field vole is fairly bland in colour being grey-brown all over. The Wildlife Trust have good ID pages for many animals, reptiles etc and I find they are generally worth a look if you aren't sure. Not to be confused with: the field vole. The Bank vole is a mouse-like animal with a thick body. Registered Company No. A Field Vole normally has small partially obscured ears, whereas the Bank Vole has larger ears that are less hidden by fur. They are larger than Field Voles, measuring about 13 to 17 cm long. They have small eyes, small ears and a blunt snout. The Field Vole (Microtus agrestis) is also known as the Short-tailed Vole. Property owners wondering if they have a vole or mouse in the house are likely dealing with mice. Life Cycle Breeding season lasts from March to October, with females producing an average of four offspring after a gestation period of four weeks. A field vole’s tail is proportionally shorter (around a third of its head and body length), while a bank vole’s tail is about half the length of its head and body. Males and females are similar in appearance but the young animals have greyer fur. The field vole, also known as the short-tailed vole, is very common and widespread throughout mainland Britain and can be found in grassland, arable, wooded, heathland and moorland habitats. vole (Microtus arvalis orcadensis) which weighs about 90g. They often climb among bushes while foraging for food. Field voles have a shorter tail (around 30% the length of its body, compared to 50% for the bank vole). As an important food […] We will send you a monthly email newsletter including information on our latest research, projects to participate in, fundraising opportunities, events and interesting facts about birds. 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