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Water vole (WW137)

Water vole (WW137)

Product ref: 3004851

Price: £2.75 £2.00

A WWT Eco-friendly card: made from responsibly managed forests (FSCĀ®), vegetable-based inks, recycled paper envelopes, compostable outer slips.

size 160mm X 160mm
blank inside

The European water vole or northern water vole is a semi-aquatic rodent. It is often informally called the water rat, although it only superficially resembles a true rat. Water voles have rounder noses than rats, deep brown fur, chubby faces and short fuzzy ears; unlike rats their tails, paws and ears are covered with hair. In the wild, on average, water voles only live about five months. The maximum in captivity is 2 and a half years.

In Britain, water voles live in burrows excavated within the banks of rivers, ditches, ponds, and streams. Burrows are normally located adjacent to slow moving, calm water which they seem to prefer. They also live in reed beds where they will weave ball shaped nests above ground if no suitable banks exist in which to burrow. This little fellow chose an old clay drain to call home.

The water vole is found in much of Great Britain, northern and central Europe and in parts of Russia. In the UK the water vole is legally protected.