European Water Vole

The European water vole is a small semi-aquatic rodent native to Europe and Asia. These mammals live in the banks of freshwaters and in wetlands. It is listed by the IUCN under the “Least Concern” category.

Its population in the United Kingdom has dwindled so much so that it is considered as nationally endangered. This situation is mainly attributed to habitat loss and attacks from American Mink. Its population in the UK in 2018 stood at 132,000, a significant decline from 7.3 million in 1990. It is locally extinct in Ireland.

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