Start breeding in spring and have three or four litters a year, each litter containing up to five young.
Where do they live in the Forest?
Along the rivers, streams and ditches that run through the forest.
Mink, owls, pike, foxes, birds of prey, otters and rats.
Water voles generally sit and eat in the same place so keep an eye out for nibbled grass stems near the waters edge. Latrines of rounded droppings can also be a giveaway.
Not to be confused with
Brown rat. The Brown rat is larger with greyer fur and a pointed nose.
Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Water Voles are listed as a priority species on the UK Biodiversity Framework.
How you can help
Water voles are under serious threat from habitat loss and predation from the introduced American mink. One way you could help is to become a Friend of the Forest and support our work creating and maintaining habitats for wildlife.