Bank Vole, Myodes glareolus
The bank vole (Myodes glareolus) can be found in northern Asia and Western Europe. Its range includes Great Britain, where it occurs natively, and Ireland, where it was unintentionally introduced. It is thought that within its Ireland range, it may be replacing the wood mouse, a native species. The bank vole prefers a habitat within woodland areas.
The bank vole reaches an average body length of 3.9 inches. It is typically reddish brown in color with grey patches of fur appearing throughout its coat. In Great Britain, where it is one of only two species of vole, its larger ears, longer tail, and darker brown fur can help distinguish it.
It lives in dense vegetation like hedgerows, bramble, and bracken. It will make dens underground, cushioning them with feathers, vegetable fibers, and moss. Its diet consists of leaves, fruits, and insects. These foods will be stored in the small dens in which the vole lives. The bank vole appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.
Image Caption: Bank Vole sitting on the forest floor. Credit: Evan James hymo/Wikiepdia (CC BY 3.0)