Name: Field Vole
Scientific name: Microtus agrestis
Nature Stars: 20
About: The Field Vole is about 10cm long, with a tail of about 4cm.They are very common in grassland, as well as heathland and moorland. Field Voles eat seeds, roots and leaves. They spend much more of their time in runs and burrows and are less likely to be seen than Bank Voles. Field Voles are an extremely important part of the diet of many predators, including Kestrels, Weasels and Barn Owls.
How to identify: Voles can be told from mice by their rounder faces with smaller ears and eyes and shorter tails. The Field Vole is a greyer, sandier brown than the Bank Vole and has a proportionally shorter 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 Field Vole is Britain's commonest mammal, with a population estimated to number 75 million animals! The second commonest mammal is us!
Photograph credit: Philip Precey