A bank vole

Bank vole

Bank voles are active during the night and day, but the small brown mammals frequently rest to preserve their energy. They make nests under logs, amongst tree roots, in tree holes or underground. In the autumn, they sometimes store food for times of scarcity in the winter.

Bank voles range across Europe (except for the extreme north or south) and east into central Asia. They are found throughout Britain, and were accidentally introduced to the south west of Ireland in the 1950s. A supersized variety of the species arrived on Skomer Island, southwest Wales, hundreds of years ago and is twice as big as the mainland bank vole.

Scientific name: Myodes glareolus

Rank: Species

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


The following habitats are found across the Bank 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