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vole

free-living, small rodent often described as a country rat because of its resemblance to a rat and its disinclination to associate with humans. They are hoarders, live in burrows and eat plant material. Like lemmings, also members of the subfamily Microtinae, they experience massive surges in population, followed by mass migrations and very heavy mortalities. There are several genera including Arvicola, Clethrionomys and Microtus.

vole bacillus
see mycobacteriummicroti.
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This will include securing a licence for the capture and captive breeding of water voles from established thriving populations outside Kielder, monitoring the forest area to ensure suitable habitats for their release and working with the local community and volunteers to safeguard the future of the species.
It is hoped that the release of these water voles along with a number of captive bred water voles will see them thrive again in an area where they were once relatively common.
voles are much to find "As they are territorial, others will move in, so trapping may cause more problems in the short-term.
He said: "Water voles are synonymous with British watercourses; they are the largest of the vole family and widely recognised, thanks to Ratty from Wind in the Willows.
The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is launching the first ongoing National Water Vole Monitoring Programme across England, Scotland and Wales, working in collaboration with The Wildlife Trusts, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish, Natural Heritage and the RSPB.
Both dedicate their lives to propagating more voles and feeding on plants.
The reserve has been managing with kind donations from staff and volunteers but as the demand from the water voles, bank voles and wood mice has increased, this donation isn't going far enough.
Watts and his colleagues wondered whether this vulnerability results from the vole's physiology--perhaps the animal produces some other protein that helps contort PrP into the brain-killing form--or because of something special about the vole PrP protein itself.
Using a clever experiment with various combinations of new versus old boxes that were and were not relocated, Korpimaki and Hakkarainen found little support for the nest-quality and predation-risk hypotheses and suggest instead that their results are consistent with the food-depletion hypothesis in which breeding pairs reduce vole densities over time.
Ladbrokes quote Moyes at 6-4 to leave before the voles (1-2) do.
Darren explains: "Mink have a devastating effect on water voles and our wildlife.
MERSEYSIDE wildlife spotters are being urged to get online and report sightings of the UK'S fastest-declining mammal the water vole.