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|A tiny Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus). This cute little creature was taken on Christmas Day 2009 at the RSPB Arne nature reserve near Wareham, Dorset. My wife and I had only just got out of the car when we saw a pair of voles scurrying in and out of the undergrowth - taking advantage of seeds falling from bird feeders.|
They are very quick when on the move, but fortunately this one paused for a few seconds in the sunshine allowing me to capture a few shots. It was a pity about the shadow across its face - I know I could remove this in Photoshop but to me that is too much processing. The shot has been cropped and sharpened.
I found the following information on Bank Voles at http://www.uksafari.com
"Size: Length from nose to base of tail is approximately 80mms. The tail is a further 60mms long.
Distribution: Found throughout England, Scotland, Wales and many of the Islands. Absent from Northern Ireland.
Months seen: All year round.
Habitat: Found in hedgerows, banks and verges, especially in deciduous woodland.
Food: Nuts, seeds and berries.
Special features: This is the smallest vole found in the UK. It has very prominent ears and a chestnut-brown coat. They can be distinguished from mice by their shorter, blunt, almost hamster-like noses.
They live in underground chambers, accessed via a tunnel with an entrance hole about 3cms in diameter. Inside the chamber they keep a store of food."
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