Bank vole

During the recent snowy weather I noticed that bank voles were appearing from a wood and weed pile next to where I feed Cobweb the goat. I started scattering a small amount of her food near the pile every morning and now, within a few seconds of hearing the food hit the ground, I'm being treated to seeing voles scampering out to grab it.


The area is in deep shade, so far from ideal for photographing them (and I don't want to use flash) and I'm unlikely to get wonderful quality images - but I think they're such cute little things that I'll make do with what I can get! I'm also happy just watching them..


The bank vole is the smallest UK vole and is active all year.


This is a cropped image, taken when the vole paused briefly.


Birds and Wildlife UK January Calendar winner.

  • cheryl 4y

    Great crop and sharp focus Rachel. You amaze me. If I saw this I'd be running and screaming all the way.
    When we were in yellowstone camping in the backcountry a group of voles were right under our teepee. Not only did they run around all night but they were squeeking as well. Really freaked me out because I didn't know what they were until morning. I sat up all night with a flashlight and if they had come in, whatever it was, I was going to beat them to death. Right. My husband slept through the entire incident.
    The way you present them here, they are kind of cute. I just don't want to sleep with them.
  • Red Snapper9 4y

    this is fabulous... it's amazing that you have managed to capture such a sharp close-up image. Another excellent image from you Rachel
  • LPJC 4y

    I have never seen one and love the little mammals. Usually I get just fleeting glimpses of such creatures and no photos. i'd be delighted with this shot.
  • © Catriona Walker 4y

    Awww, it's so cute :-) Lovely shot!
  • Sandi (VERY busy lady) 4y


    *Birds and Wildlife UK*

    Well done - a beautiful shot:))
  • David 4y

    A whole Walt Disney Movie could be made on these Cute Ones.

    So glad to reconnect. I was away for some time. Everyone is Healthy here, with just some Bumps now and again. Looking forward to catching up Rachel!
  • Jane 4y

    This is really a lovely shot. I bet they are indeed fun to watch.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    Very cute! My first thought upon reading "bank vole" was that he was into finance. Then I remembered the other "bank".
  • Dean Gugler 4y

    Super photo. (All we get by our goats are mice and rats. I think I would prefer voles.)
  • monicaflick 4y

    congratulations on well deserved award...such a wonderful capture of this delightful little soul...those bright as a button black eyes look as though s/he might be hoping for more crumbs...frosty foreground is beauiful too...
  • Sivasothi N. 4y

    Nice! Using this in my ecology class to show students in SIngapore what a vole is.
  • rachel260. 4y

    awww very cute :)
  • Ted Sewell 4y

    Great capture
  • Scott Leach 4y

    That's so beautiful!
  • Derbyshire Harrier 4y

    Lovely shot
  • michael davenport 4y

    A stunner
  • Cécile GANS 4y

    Very cute, well done !
  • Lesleyann Cooper 4y

    Another example of your wonderful work, loving all your photo s, well done x
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  • Pauline 4y

    Your pictures are lovely...awesome!!
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