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2008-08-26 09:00:49

IT'S NOT just people who have benefited from the environmental improvements around the town. Clean-ups have resulted in purer water, which has, in turn, encouraged more water voles to move in. The rare riverside rodents - Britain's fastest declining mammal - are an excellent way to gauge how clean a river is, say experts. During a clean-up at Ormesby Beck, which the report highlights as major step forward, wildlife officer Kenny Crook said: "Water voles have died out in 90% of their...

2008-08-19 18:00:00

CUTE but endangered mammals are being given a helping hand on Tyneside. A project is under way to increase numbers of water voles in North Tyneside by improving their habitats. The water vole is one of the UK's best-loved but also endangered creatures which lives around the banks of rivers, ditches and streams. Often mistaken for rats, voles are suffering from building developments which destroy their habitat and food sources and prevent them getting from one area to another. Far...

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...

2008-08-13 15:00:29

By AMY HUNT CUTE but endangered mammals are being given a helping hand on Tyneside. A project is underway to increase numbers of water voles in North Tyneside by improving their habitats. The water vole, which lives around banks of rivers, ditches and streams, is one of the UK's best-loved but endangered creatures. Often mistaken for rats, voles are suffering from developments which destroy their habitat and food sources and prevent them getting from one area to another. Far...


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Field Vole, Microtus agrestis
2012-08-05 21:06:26

The field vole (Microtus agrestis) is native to Europe, inhabiting a large range that includes Poland, France, Germany, and Belgium, among many other areas. It is not found in Ireland or in Iceland. It prefers a habitat within moist grasslands, like marshes and woodlands and along riverbanks. The population density of the field vole will fluctuate throughout a four-year period. The field vole will dig burrows underground, but it most commonly builds nests on the surface. It reaches an...

Common Vole, Microtus arvalis
2012-08-05 21:02:11

The common vole (Microtus arvalis) is native to Eurasia, with a very large range stretching across many areas. Its preferred habitat includes all areas besides densely forested areas. It will inhabit agricultural lands, and as a result will end up eating the crops found there, although it prefers grass. The common vole varies slightly in size between sexes, with males weighing an average of 1.7 ounces and females weighing 1.4 ounces if not pregnant. It will inhabit home ranges of up to .3...

Long-tailed Vole, Microtus longicaudus
2012-08-03 15:54:58

The long-tailed vole (Microtus longicaudus) is native to North America. Its range stretches from Alaska to California where it inhabits shrub lands and alpine meadows. It holds one subspecies, the Coronation Island vole, which was previously thought to be a distinct species. The long-tailed vole can reach an average body length of seven inches, with an average weight of 1.7 ounces. The fur is typically greyish brown in color, and pale grey on the underbelly. These voles are active...

Bank Vole, Myodes glareolus
2012-08-03 15:33:00

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...

Southern Bog Lemming, Synaptomys cooperi
2012-07-27 12:32:47

The southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi) is native to North America, and its range overlaps with that of the Northern Bog Lemming in southeastern Canada. It prefers a habitat within wetlands, grasslands, and mixed forests in eastern North America. It once held two subspecies, the Kansas and Nebraska, bog lemmings, but these are now extinct. The southern bog lemming can reach an average body length of 5.1 inches and a weight of around 1.2 ounces. Its body is round with contrastingly...

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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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