Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Bank Vole (Myodes glareolus)

Adult Bank Vole (subspecies M. g. britannucus) at Geddington, Northants - August 2011

OTHER NAMES: Red-backed Vole, Wood Vole
Featured Subspecies: Myodes glareolus britannicus
Weight: 15-36g
Length: 11-19cm
UK STATUS NOT EVALUTATED IUCN Red List: Least Concern

One of the two common terrestrial voles found on the British mainland, the Bank Vole is subtly different from the Field Vole, the other of the two species.  It is the most common wild animal in the UK with a population estimated to be in the region of 75 million.  Most of my sightings of this species have been on the edge of woodland where they scuttle through ditches feeding.  They can most reliably be located by scuttling in the undergrowth, although of course, this can be one of various species.  Voles in general are something of a lynchpin species as the most common small prey in grassland habitats, being one of the favoured prey species of predators including various owls and raptors, foxes, mustelids and snakes.

Related Species:
Order: Rodentia
Family: Arvicolinae
Genus: Myodes
SUBSPECIES: M. g. bernisi, M. g. bicolor, M. g. bosniensis, M. g. britannicus, M. g. cantueli, M. g. curcio, M. g. devius, M. g. erica, M.g. fulvus, M. g. garganicus, M. g. glareolus, M. g. gorka, M. g. hallucalis, M. g. helveticus, M. g. hercynicus, M. g. insulaebellae, M. g. intermedius, M. g. istericus, M. g. italicus, M. g. jurassicus, M. g. makedonicus, M. g. minor, M. g. nageri, M. g. norvegicus, M. g. ognevi, M. g. petrovi, M. g. pirinus, M. g. ponticus, M. g. pratensis, M.g. reinwaldti, M. g. riparia, M. g. rubidus, M. g. rufescens, M. g. ruttneri, M. g. saianicus, M. g. sibericus, M. g. sobrus, M. g. suecicus, M. g. variscicus,M. g. vasconiae, M. g. vesanus, M .g .wasjuganensis, M. g. skomerensis, M. g. caesarius, M. g. alstoni

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - An abundant but secretive mammal (75,000,000)
 - Seen at Geddington though evidence of presence seen elsewhere.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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