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Old Sunday 8th April 2018, 13:19   #1
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Bank or Field Vole

Hello, I have been setting out Longworth traps as part of my dissertation where I'm comparing the mammals found in traps to those found in barn owl pellets. In the traps I have found countless wood mice, a house mouse and three voles. At first I thought that all three were field voles but now I'm not so sure. Could anyone help me identify the three voles in the pictures, thanks.
They were captured in North Wales, UK.
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Old Sunday 8th April 2018, 14:26   #2
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I'm going to go for them all being Field Voles despite the length of tail on the third one. All show reduced size hairy ears, and just look Field Voley in a way I can't put my finger on.

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Old Sunday 8th April 2018, 17:59   #3
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I've only found field voles in the barn owl pellets. The owl hunts in the same field so I guess it would make sense the ones in the traps being field voles as well. Thank you for your help.
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Old Sunday 8th April 2018, 21:44   #4
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For what it's worth I agree with Field Vole for the same reasons as John
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My backyard is full of them but I refuse to use an insecticide to kill what they eat so I guess I'm stuck with them.
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The Bank Voles we have seen have all had much warmer coloured fur. I am sure these are all Field Voles.

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My backyard is full of them but I refuse to use an insecticide to kill what they eat so I guess I'm stuck with them.
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Our Field Voles eat roots and leaves, do yours really eat insects?
If they do then well done you for not depriving them of their food. And aren't you lucky to have such fascinating critters in your backyard?

Some folks get upset in the presence of rodents because they 'carry diseases' but while there are good reasons for not inviting rats to dinner, it is a helpful perspective to remember humans carry many diseases too, its why we wash our hands after visiting the toilet.

If I am getting preachy here (I do sometimes) just give me a slap next time we meet

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Lee, here in South Carolina they mostly eat insects, especially grasshoppers, beetles, crickets.

Don't get me wrong, I hate rodents. As other birds eat these insects as well, I do not want to put them in any danger.
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Don't get me wrong, I hate rodents.
Nothing wrong with rodents, outside one's house. Owls and Kestrels have to eat.....

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Lee, here in South Carolina they mostly eat insects, especially grasshoppers, beetles, crickets.

Don't get me wrong, I hate rodents. As other birds eat these insects as well, I do not want to put them in any danger.
Well thats a shame KC as they are fascinating creatures and I am sure if you ever got to see our Water Vole swimming along and looking like one of those Russian fur hats swimming then it would make you smile.

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Hello, thank you all for your help. I caught another vole today. Is this one a Bank vole? I'm just thinking that its ears and fur colour look more like a bank vole. Thanks
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Bigger ears, redder fur, longer tail. That is indeed a Bank Vole
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