Water Vole

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Anatomy
As a species low on the food chain, water voles have developed many physical adaptations that defend them from predation...

 

Classification
Kingdom: Animalia...

 

Habitat
Water voles live in ponds, rivers, canals, lakes and ditches...

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Diet
The majority of a water voles diet composes of grasses, roots, herbs, winter berries and aquatic plants...

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Life Cycle
With a short lifespan, of usually between 5 months and two years in the wild, it is an advantage for water voles to have many opportunities to reproduce...

 

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Why does the MWHG focus on this species?

 

Conservation
UK Biodiversity Action Plan: Priority Species (Nationally)...

 

Protection
Laws safeguarding the water vole...

 

Development
Currently, around 160,000 new homes are being built in the UK each year, with the south coast seeing the most development...

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Industry and Recreation
Water voles are very sensitive to intrusions into their space...

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