Common Vole (Microtus arvalis)
This species, the European Vole, is found across Europe and Asia. It's typically brown or reddish-brown and inhabits meadows, grasslands, and cultivated fields. The Common Vole is known for its short tail and rounded muzzle.
Field Vole (Microtus agrestis)
The Field Vole is one of the most common voles in Europe. It is small, with a grey-brown fur, and prefers grassy habitats, including meadows and fields. The Field Vole is a primary food source for many British birds of prey.
Bank Vole (Myodes glareolus)
Distinctive for its red-brown fur, it is commonly found across Europe. It inhabits woodland edges, hedgerows, and gardens. The Bank Vole has a slightly longer tail than other voles, and it's known to climb shrubs and low branches in search of food.
Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius)
This is the largest of the UK's vole species. It has a chunky body with dark brown fur. As its name suggests, the Water Vole prefers wet habitats, living along riverbanks, wetlands, and marshes. They're well-adapted to their aquatic environments with water-resistant fur and partially webbed feet.
Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)
Native to North America, the Meadow Vole is found in many habitats, from meadows and grassy fields to forests. Its fur is usually dark brown, and it has a shorter tail. The Meadow Vole's population can fluctuate greatly yearly, influenced by food availability and predation.
Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster)
Endemic to central North America, the Prairie Vole is recognized by its gray-brown fur. This species inhabits grasslands and meadows, and it plays a vital role in its ecosystem by being a primary prey for many predators. Prairie Voles are often studied for their monogamous mating behavior and social structures.