Name: Bank Vole
Scientific name: Clethrionomys glareolus
Nature Stars: 20
About: The Bank Vole is about 10cm long, with a tail of about 6cm. It lives in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Bank Voles eat fruit, nuts and small insects: they are particularly keen on hazelnuts and blackberries. They are very active animals, and are frequently seen, sometimes even visiting bird tables.
How to identify: Voles can be told from mice by their rounder faces with smaller ears and eyes and shorter tails. The Bank Vole is a richer, more chestnut brown than the Field Vole and has a proportionally longer tail.
Where: Widespread, absent from most of the Channel Island, the Isles of Scilly, most Scottish islands, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Fantastic fact: The Bank Voles that live on Skomer island have evolved into a unique subspecies, and are larger and less shy than their mainland cousins.
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