Hastily grabbed shot from bridge over Catchwater Drain.
Hopefully numbers are recovering in Norfolk but this individual seems to be on its own.
This vole has its own little feeding raft here supplied by local wildlife enthusiasts.
The Otter family are still about the marshes and one theory suggest that this helps the Water Vole population by removing American Mink from the area.
Hopefully Water vole numbers are recovering in this region as good habitat still exists here. The unfortunate and invasive 'introduction' of American Mink caused a greater than 90% range reduction of Water Vole in the UK. More recent controls of Mink may have helped to turn the tide on this situation. Also helping this is the theory that points to the recent range expansion of Otter and Polecat ousting Mink from their territories and thus allowing Water Vole numbers to recover. Let's hope a healthy vole colony can be established on the marshes.