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2009-12-23 09:35:00

Details of the lifestyle of mink, which escaped from fur farms and now live wild in the UK, have been revealed through analysis of their whiskers. Research led by the University of Exeter reveals more about the diet of this invasive species and provides a clue to its whereabouts. There are now plans to use the findings to eradicate it from environments where it can be devastating to native species. Published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, the study focused on American mink living in the...

2008-09-05 06:00:10

By Jenny Haworth Environment Correspondent FROM water voles to sea trout, Pittarthie is teeming with wildlife that would rarely be spotted on other farms. Its owner, Patrick Bowden-Smith, has been so successful in attracting wildlife to his farm in Fife that he is representing Scotland in a UK competition. Sea trout returned for the first time in 60 years after he built a fish ladder in his burn so they could get to spawning beds. And eels wriggle in the water, which is protected...

2008-08-19 18:00:24

HELP is at hand for Ratty. The misnamed water vole from the children's classic Wind in the Willows is one of five new species that has been given extra protection in Wales. Under new regulations introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government it is now an offence to kill, injure or remove from the wild the water vole, angel shark, spiny seahorse, roman snail and short- snouted seahorse. It is also an offence to possess or sell the water vole, short- snouted sea horse, spiny seahorse and...


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California Vole, Microtus californicus
2012-04-26 12:34:46

The California vole (Microtus californicus) can be found throughout California, and in certain parts of Oregon. Another name for this vole is the California meadow mouse. It is not found in most of the desert regions of California or in the northwestern corners. It prefers to live in the dry uplands of the savannah and marshlands. There are seventeen subspecies of this vole. The California vole is typical in appearance to its species. It is medium sized, and can reach a body length of up...

Meadow Vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus
2012-04-25 11:10:10

The meadow vole(Microtus pennsylvanicus) is sometimes known as  the field mouse or meadow mouse. It can be found in the northern United States, Canada, and Alaska. The range of this creature is very large, extending west from Labrador to Alaska, south from Alaska to South Carolina, as far east as Tennessee.  This range reaches back around through northern Nebraska and Washington, back to Alaska. The meadow vole prefers to burrow in rich soils, or soils that have more moisture, and they...

Woodland Vole, Microtus pinetorum
2012-04-24 11:50:48

The Woodland Vole, or Pine Vole, can be found in eastern North America. Their range includes states like Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and they prefer to make their homes in apple orchards (a favorite home), deciduous forests, and dry fields, with the largest populations occurring in forests. Woodland voles like to burrow, and so they will choose soils that are workable, like loam and peat moss. They can in habit mixed soils and stone or gravel as well. Woodland voles can have a length...

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2007-08-10 16:09:57

The Egyptian Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius or A. terrestris), is a semi-aquatic mammal that resembles a rat and is often informally called the "˜water rat'. However, water voles are a separate species from the 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. Water voles survive for a mere 5 months in the wild and rarely live through more than 1 winter. Water voles reach 5 to 9...

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2007-06-25 09:47:06

The European Water Vole, Arvicola amphibius, is a semi-aquatic mammal that resembles a rat. In fact, the water vole is often informally called the "water rat". Some authorities consider the Southwestern Water Vole in the same species, but it is now generally considered a distinct species. Water voles have round noses, deep brown fur, chubby faces and short fuzzy ears. Unlike the Water Rat, their tails, paws and ears are covered with hair. In the wild, they survive for 5 months on average,...

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