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Friday, September 07, 2012

Water Voles

There's an article on the BBC site about Water Voles.

Apparently Water Voles have a home range of a few hundred square metres but a study at the University of Aberdeen has shown that Water Voles can travel surprisingly large distances.

According to the study young Voles wandered far from their home range.

Professor Lambin said:

Those animals typically have a home range of a few hundred square meters, and we found them moving two to three kilometres, a few even moving 15 kilometres between [the site of] their birth and their first reproduction.

Apparently these movements allow Voles to exist in small density populations in Scotland.

1 comment:

Tricia said...

Interestingly I'd always thought they stayed close to home...be good to think they might spread their breeding areas as a result...