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VolesVoles - Pages on voles, AKA meadow mice or field mice depending upon what part of the world you live in. Pages devoted to the classification & behaviour of the vole, as well as useful advice on how to control vole populations and damage.

Vole habitats are surprisingly diverse. While common species like the meadow vole occupy grassland, species like the Florida salt marsh vole and the red tree vole live in specialised vole habitats.

Vole Habitat

Voles can be found across many types of terrain and inhabit a varied range of environments. The most common vole species such as the meadow vole and the field vole can be found in predominantly grassland habitats but different species also live in marshes, bogs, woodland, and mountains. No matter what habitat they colonise voles live on the ground (or below ground), the only exception being the red tree vole.

Vole Habitat, red tree vole
The red tree vole is the only vole species that doesn't live on the ground

Of the approximately 70 vole species worldwide, the red tree vole is unique in that it lives its life in the canopy of old-growth forests rather than on the ground. It is found in the coastal mountains and western Cascades of Oregon where it spends most of its life in the tops of tall conifers eating needles of the Douglas-fir. Nests are built up to 100 feet above the forest floor, mainly next to the trunk, or in the dense foliage of old-growth outer branches. Home ranges are thought to be small-one or more trees and its dispersal ability, and the ability to colonize new vole habitats seems limited.

The most relevant links we could find, placed here free

Davis Creek - This page has lot of information about the red tree vole and the unique vole habitat that it lives in. daviscreek.wesavetrees.org

BBC News - More information about the water vole and its habitat can be found on this page. news.bbc.co.uk

Another vole species that has a very specialised vole habitat is the Florida salt marsh vole. This vole prefers a specific type of salt marsh habitat dominated by seashore salt grass. This type of habitat is not abundant and this species is only known to occur in two sites, leading to it becoming very rare. Its future is uncertain because its habitat could be destroyed by flooding from rising sea levels.

Vole Habitat, water vole (Click to enlarge)
The habitat of the water vole is protected by law in Britain

In some cases vole habitats are actually protected by law. In Britain the water vole has become endangered and its habitat is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to 'recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to any structure or place which water voles use for shelter or protection'.

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