Tuesday, 19 July 2016

No water voles on Radley Brook?

Several water vole colonies feature in this blog, obviously the River Ock in Abingdon - where this blog gets its name (http://viewsoftheock.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/along-lower-ock.html), Abbey Fishponds in North East Abingdon (http://viewsoftheock.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/abbey-fishponds.html) and Radley Brook (http://viewsoftheock.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/water-voles-of-radley-brook.html), a stagnant ditch between the river Thames and Barton Fields Nature Reserve.


Most years - on Radley Brook - water voles can be heard munching on the reeds, or glimpsed amongst the foliage or even enticed out with an apple core.

But this year, there is nothing to be glimpsed along the brook


The reeds remain silent:


And the apple cores remain uneaten.


It seems to be a bad year for water voles in Abingdon...

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  2. I have just seen a water vole in the River Ock. Near Stanford in the vale. I last saw one in the same spot 14 months ago. So glad to see it.

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  3. I have just seen a water vole in the River Ock. Near Stanford in the vale. I last saw one in the same spot 14 months ago. So glad to see it.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, it's always good to find someone reading the blog.
      I've had a few water vole sightings along the Ock in late August and I'm in the process of writing a post about it.
      But it's good to know they can still be found along the full length of the Ock and I hope to explore Standford in the Vale next year (and maybe write about it).

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  4. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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