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FOOTPRINTS FIELD VOLE

Field voles, bank voles, and woodmice have very similar footprints. These are often indistinguishable due to the animals being very light and the prints being very faint.

STOAT

WATER VOLE

RAT

The most obvious difference between rat and water vole prints can be seen in the front feet. Water vole prints are clearly star shaped.

The hind prints from water voles and rats are a very similar shape. However, rats prints are much larger

In most cases, digit 1 will not be visible on stoat, mink, and otter prints. Likewise, the central pad may only be partially visible

OTTER

MINK OR POLECAT


DROPPINGS Water Vole       

Uniform cylindrical droppings Round ended mid to dark green in summer Dark green to brown in winter 7-10mm long 3-4mm thick often found in latrine sites. These can be found just inside burrow entrances, or on sandy beach areas next to water or, in most cases, partially hidden under vegetation.

Field Vole       

Uniform, cylindrical droppings Round ended mid to dark green in summer Dark green to brown in winter 6-7mm long 2-3mm thick found in small heaps at feeding sites

Rat      

Cylindrical Blunt ended 13-17mm long 4-6mm thick But size varies greatly Tend to have latrines but can just be a small number of droppings Mink

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cylindrical, but pointed at one end twisted 6-8cm long and 9mm thick composed of fur feathers and bones difficult to distinguish from otter without practice


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