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Orkney vole fact file

Orkney vole description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyMuridae
GenusMicrotus Orkney vole biology

The Orkney vole is active during the day and night, but it tends to be more active during the day Orkney vole range

Found on the islands of Rousay, Mainland, Sanday, Westray and South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. The subspecies was introduced to the islands 5,000 years ago, possibly on the boats of Neolithic settlers Orkney vole habitat

Inhabits old peat cuttings, grassy areas, drainage ditches, road verges and other linear habitats Orkney vole status

Not legally protected in the UK. No conservation designations Orkney vole threats

At present the population of this subspecies is very fragmented, in small patches of natural or semi-natural habitats. Linear habitats such as fence lines and road verges act as corridors, linking fragmented patches of habitat together and allowing voles to pass between sites Orkney vole conservation

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (September, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. People’s Trust for Endangered Species - Orkney voles (August, 2002)
    http://ptes.org/index.php?page=160
  3. Macdonald, D.W. and Tattersall, F.T. (2001) Britain's Mammals: The Challenge for Conservation. The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Oxford University.
  4. The Environment Agency. (1998) Species and Habitats Handbook. The Environment Agency, Bristol.
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