Itchen Navigation

I needed to test drive a new button configuration that I programed into the camera today so I popped over to the Itchen Navigation to see how the Water Voles were coping with the recent high levels of water and hopefully get a few shots. Normally at this spot I have seen up to five Water Voles but this time in the three hours that I was there I only spotted the one. All of the burrows that are normally visible on the opposite bank were under the water line. The water vole has sensitive ears that can detect a change in air pressure caused by rapid changes in water levels, this acts as an early warning system to enable them to vacate the burrows to prevent drowning. Hopefully there were burrows that I couldn’t see on the side of the Navigation that I was viewing from where the Water Voles were safe from flooding.

I sat and observed this little fella for quite some time feeding up and down a small stretch of the navigation..






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  1. Marie 4 February, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Great to see someone other than me posting about Itchen Navigation walks, although I’ve never seen a water vole. Great pics. 🙂

    • griggers 25 April, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Marie, Thanks for the comment. Next time you walk the navigation walk a little slower and keep an eye on the bank and you should see them. If you hear a plopping sound then that was almost certain to have been a Water Vole.

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