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Overview: Grey-brown fur above, creamy-grey fur below, rounded snout, less prominent eyes than mice and ears completely covered with fur. The field vole occurs typically in un-grazed grassland, hedgerows or moorland, wherever grass is available. Voles do not hibernate but moult to cope with the inevitable change in temperature with the seasons.

Breeding:  Begins in March/April and ends between October and December. Four or five young are normally found in each litter and females will give birth to five or six litters each year. Grass leaves are used to make their nests which are about 10cm in diameter and may be built at the base of grass tussocks, in underground burrows.

Where to see them:  Voles are shy creatures and quite often all you get is a brief glimpse of one as it runs through the grass. If you have a bird feeder close to the edge of rough grassland though you can get them come to eat the split food on the floor. At Shieling Holidays they are best seen in either the Marshland or the coastal areas.
ore often heard than seen and may be found in grassy areas.

When to see them: Voles can be found at any time day, but best at late evening when they tend to come out more to search for food.

What they eat: Grass and shredded leaves are the field voles' main food source, but will come and eat seed from beneath bird feeders.

Length:         90-115mm

Life Span: 12-16 months

Weight:               20-40g

Present:              All Year

Microtus agrestis

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