Field vole in a flower (c) John Dixon

Field vole

Field voles range across Europe and east into Asia. They are present on the UK mainland, but absent in Ireland and some islands. As they travel, field voles leave a trail of scent to warn off other voles. Hunting birds of prey, such as kestrels, look out for the UV light that radiates from the trails.

Scientific name: Microtus agrestis

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Field vole taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Field vole can be found in a number of locations including: China, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Field vole distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Stable

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

BBC News about Field vole

  • Barn owls boosted by 'vole feast' A massive increase in the number of field voles in the Trossachs is helping boost the barn owl population in the area, experts say.