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 terrestris

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.


Did you know?

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

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