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Winter food sources

By 26 April, 2018 No Comments

 

During some tree planting along a coppiced hedgerow at Turnastone Court Farm in February this year, signs of feeding activity of small mammals were recorded.  During the winter months when food is scarce for small mammals like voles, they resort to eating the bark from twigs and branches of trees.  I came across the stripped hazel twigs of equal lengths on a coppiced stool.  Although this feeding station was evidence of bank or field vole, water voles also do this during the winter months along the banks of watercourses, but on a larger scale.

Coppiced Hazel where voles have been feeding

Vole feeding remains

Twigs with bark removed by voles

 

Viv Geen

Monitoring Officer (Herefordshire)

20/03/18