Water vole by Nick Appleton 1/9
Water vole feeding by Elizabeth Dack 2/9
water vole at Titchwell by Alex McLennan 3/9
Water vole at Great Ryburgh by Michael Rawlings 4/9
Water vole at Strumpshaw Fen by Elizabeth Dack 5/9
Water vole and young by Louis Green 6/9
Water vole at Alderfen Broad by David Brennan 7/9
Water vole by Julian Thomas 8/9
Water vole by Pat Adams 9/9

Water Vole Arvicola amphibius

The squat and furry water vole is a diurnal creature that can be found in either aquatic or dry habitats. Despite its versatility, it is a threatened species suffering from a substantial population decline.

Conservation status

The water vole is a threatened species. It has suffered the largest decline of any British mammal in recent years. Some estimates now place the population decline of water voles at 90%. Although water voles have declined in Norfolk, it remains a national stronghold with strong populations in the Broads, along the North Norfolk coast, in the Fens area and on the South Norfolk Claylands.

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Did you know?

‘Ratty’ in The Wind in the Willows was, in fact, a water vole.

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