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“Was that a water vole?” Studley Grange 5000
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:46

water vole feeding Tom Marshall cropThe first sight of a water vole is often as it swims across to the bank of the canal. It’s quick and not very big so it’s gone before you are sure what it is! But you feel lucky to see it.

Look out for the signs of water voles such as burrows in the bank, often with a nibbled 'lawn' of grass around the entrance. Water voles like to sit and eat in the same place, so piles of nibbled grass and stems may be found by the water's edge, showing a distinctive 45° angled-cut at the ends. 'Latrines' of rounded, cigar-shaped droppings may also be spotted.

The water vole is Britain's fastest declining wild mammal but we can give them a place they like to live. We have some in the restored canal at Royal Wootton Bassett. The new stretch at Studley Grange will be really good for water voles.

2016-07-31 richard at chaddingtonPlease help us increase water vole habitat along our route and allow Richard, Tilia and Phoebe to get down to the towpath at Studley Grange and see the water voles.  

Please go to: donate.wbct.org.uk   and help us to complete our Studley Grange flagship project