Monday, 16 September 2013
Day 15 - Vole
My British Wildlife Painting for Day 15 is the Bank Vole, painted last night in the tent but I waited until I got home to photograph it to avoid the blue tinge of the tent problem again which I had on the last post! It has been painted from a photo by Gary Jones taken at Leighton Moss.
There are three species of vole in the UK, the field vole, the bank vole and the water vole. All three voles can be found all over Britain although the water vole is now pretty rare. The bank and field voles are believed to be in decline in the UK and the water vole is now one of our most threatened mammals and numbers have declined by 95% in recent decades. The water vole has full legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
I have also added a better photo of my otter painting in yesterday's post without the blue tinge!
And another photo from the weekend - Holly and I enjoying the Cumbrian fells with Hayswater in the background...