Water vole, Nantwich (c) Richard Steel
Water vole social life
- Water voles live in colonies, made up of a series of adjoining territories along a riverbank.
- Colonies can be up to 2km long.
- Territories vary from 30 to 300 m long depending on the sex of the territory holder, the habitat quality, population density and time of year.
- Male territories will often overlap those of several females.
- Water voles follow a four hour activity pattern.
- Underground they have a burrow system with some openings below water level some on the bank and these can be up to three metres from the water’s edge.
- Above ground they create runways and tunnels through the vegetation which can be found up to two metres from the water’s edge.
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