Vole Patrol

Bridget Osborne

Vole Patrol 19 November 2017

I am not a rat

There are many types of small mammal living happily in Gunnersbury Triangle. The National Lottery funded ‘Vole Patrol’, an 18 month survey by volunteers to find out which species were alive and well in suburban woodland and more about how they lived. Among the sites surveyed was Gunnersbury Triangle.

The survey found high numbers of wood mice and bank vole, as well as smaller populations of common shrew, pygmy shrew, yellow-necked mouse, and field vole.

Ben Steel went to Gunnersbury Triangle’s autumn open day to meet some of the conservationists and volunteers. Though of course when he went in broad daylight there was not a vole, mouse or shrew to be seen!