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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

28. The Field Vole or Grass Mouse
(Microtus agrestis)

28. The Field Vole or Grass Mouse

A small, brown, furry, short-eared, short-tailed mouse, the meadow vole depends on grass for both food and shelter. It is widespread in Europe and varies a good deal but, whatever the subspecies, it is ever the same inoffensive beast watched over by owl and kestrel, buzzard and fox, weasel and stoat. Yet, despite the efforts of these predators, it is subject to periodic fluctuations when it may become excessively numerous. A vole plague is a serious thing, the swarming voles eating all greenery, but disease breaks out and they vanish for the time being.