Now the evenings are getting lighter evening walks along the river are now possible and despite the fading light I have been treated to my first water vole sightings of the year - even if the photographs are of very poor quality.
Maybe with good weather at the weekend I may get a chance of something better, but at least the water vole map of 2010 is started with it's first two pins.
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This is the main colony along the river and is where I saw a majority of my sightings last year, so it's probably not suprising to see water voles along there. But it's still very pleasing to see they survived the very cold weather and high water during the winter.
For considerably better water vole pictures I refer you to Terry Whittaker's excellent photographs: