Garden Wildlife – Part 16 Bank voles

About a week ago we noticed that something was living in the shed, behind the lawnmower.

I put some seed and my trail camera out, and discovered that it was a bank vole


  • Bank voles are a small mammal with red-brown fur and some grey patches.
  • Its tail is about half as long as its body, around 3-7 cm. Its whole body is around 9 to 11 cm in length.
  • Average life span is 6 to 18 months
  • They have a top speed of 9km per hour and they forage over distances up to 50 metres
  • Bank voles are active during both the day and night.
  • They are good at climbing
  • They have their young between April and October.
  • They have 3 to 5 young but half won’t make it to 4 months old.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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