Belongs to: rodents

Compare with: water vole

Bank vole Clethrionomys glareolus


Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A vole of woodland and hedgerow

Habitat: woods, hedges, dense scrub

Widespread across Britain and Europe

Recognition

Reddish-brown back merging into grey sides; body 8–12 cm, tail up to 6 cm

An agile climber; digs runs and burrows in the soil and among roots; nocturnal and diurnal

Feeds on a wide range of plant material, including hazelnuts which are stored for winter; occasionally insects

Lifecycle

Nest is a small well-made ball of moss, grasses and leaves, usually just below ground and often under logs

Up to 4 litters a year of up to 6 young, usually April to September

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