Verity the Water Vole
“Hello my friends. I am Verity and I’m a water vole. I have lived down by the riverbank in the fen all my life and I have lots of stories about the comings and goings of folk. I love to have a chat so pop by when you have the time one day.
More about Water Voles
- Water voles live along rivers, streams and ditches and in reedbeds making the Great Fen an ideal location!
- They are much bigger than other voles with chestnut-brown fur, rounded nose, small ears and a furry tail.
- Did you know their fur traps air that provides thermal insulation when swimming a bit like wearing a sleeping bag underwater!
- Water voles are very strong swimmers and can swim up to 500m on the surface or 15m underwater.
- When they are being chased by an enemy, such as an otter, they will kick up a cloud of mud underwater that acts like a smokescreen to help their getaway.
Signs to look out for:
- Burrows in the riverbanks, often with a nibbled ‘lawn’ of grass around the entrance.
- Look out for poo! Water voles create latrines of droppings – very tidy!