Water Vole Cage Trap

£45.00 Ex. VAT
In stock

The Greenalyte Water Vole trap comprises of a trap with a separate nesting area to provide ample room for bedding and food.  Baiting the trap and removing the catch is made easy by hinging the nest box at the bottom, allowing it to swing clear of the trap.

The trap part is a lightweight zinc-coated mesh with a simple to set treadle mechanism and drop down door.  The nesting box is manufactured from 12mm FSC Certified external hardwood ply.  There is a half door-front which provides further protection from the elements.

This unique product was developed in response to concerns about using the Sherman Trap for water vole capture.  Whilst the Sherman will successfully trap water voles, it has very little scope for bedding or protection from the elements and deaths can occur.

Total length (box incl.) : 650mm

Total width (box incl.) : 185mm

Weight : 2.5kg

Information About Water Voles in the UK

The Water Vole can be found in many slow moving waterways throughout the UK and are the largest species of British vole. They live in networks of tunnels along the rivers bank with the entrance often below the water level, as this helps to defend from weasels and stoats which are their natural predators.


Predominantly vegetarian, the water vole is known to graze on well over 200 species of plants, that being said they will eat a range of insects and fresh water molluscs and even fish. 


They are typically dark brown with a relatively round body and short tail, they are often mistaken for rats when swimming because both are excellent swimmers.

Habitat & Breeding

A female can produce four litters of up to 9 young each year and typically have a territory of around 70m of river bank, whereas the males have a range of several times this and therefore have access to several females within their own range. The young are weaned at 4 weeks old when they leave the nest to find a territory of their own. 

Threats to Populations

Like many of our native species, Water Vole populations have been in decline for several decades and without intervention and a concerted conservation effort could become extinct. There are a number of possible causes, those listed below are the most likely contributors:

  • Poisoning accidentally while rat populations are being targeted
  • Pollution inhibiting the natural reproduction cycle and decimating native species of plants on which the voles feed.
  • North American Mink are an introduced species which are aggressive predators and small enough to fit into the burrows made by the voles and are capable of wiping out entire colonies.
  • Loss of Natural Habitat either from grazing animals which trample the banks destroying their food and burrows, or clearance of vegetation and mowing.
  • Drought, with our increasingly erratic weather patterns many watercourses run dry, the River Kennett close to its source at Avebury has been dry for over 18 months!


The Water Voles homes are protected under schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, in short this means a developer must survey for Water Voles before any work begins and ideally retain the existing habitat, or must create an alternate suitable habitat if found.

For professional advice on the survey of Water Voles see the IEEM leaflet here

Shipping charges are calculated at checkout stage based on the total weight of your order, the type of product and delivery postcode. We aim for next working day delivery on all UK mainland orders received before 2:30pm.

Prices quoted below exclude VAT.

UK mainland delivery starts at £7.92. Pallet deliveries vary depending on your postcode.

Highlands and Islands delivery starts at £25. For larger orders and pallet loads you will need to contact us for a quote. The following postcodes and areas are considered to be Highlands and Islands:

AB36-38, AB55-56, FK17-21, HS all postcodes, IV all postcodes, KA27-28, KW1-17, PA20-78, PH19-50, ZE1-3
Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Scilly Isles

Northern Ireland delivery starts at £20 rising to £90 for orders up to 60kg. Please contact us for a quote for larger or palletised orders.

Europe: For European orders please visit www.wildcare.eu call us T. 04 65 65 00 05 or alternatively email us on [email protected]

How quickly will I get my order?

We aim for next working day delivery on all UK mainland orders received before 2.30pm. Where products need to be made to order or are not a regular stock item, or during busy times of year, despatch times may be longer.

Typical delivery times are:

  • 1 to 3 working days within the UK.
  • 3 to 5 working days within Europe.
  • 7 to 14 working days for the rest of the world.

If delivery is likely to take longer than this we will let you know as soon as we become aware of the delay.

If you need an item by a particular date please tell us when you place the order - it if is urgent, we recommend you call us on 01451 833181 to place your order.

How will I know when my order has been dispatched?

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Will I receive online tracking information?

We send parcels of all shapes and sizes so we use several different couriers and haulage companies. Some of these make tracking information available online, and where this is the case you will receive notification by email or text. If you need to track your parcel urgently then please contact us.

What happens if my order doesn't arrive?

If you do not receive your goods within 5 working days for UK orders, or 2 weeks for international orders, please contact us for tracking information.

If your goods do not arrive within 30 days of your order being accepted, please contact us within 40 days and you can opt for a full refund or for us to make good the non-delivery.

Items that are lost will be replaced or refunded by us.

What happens if my order arrives damaged?

Please contact us within 5 working days of receiving your order. You may need to obtain a Returns Number, and return the goods to us; parcels without a Returns Number may be refused. By prior agreement, we will refund the costs of return shipping by Royal Mail first class recorded delivery, or will arrange a collection for items over 2kg. Once we have received the damaged goods we will despatch a replacement or refund you in full.

How will my order be sent?

We will always use a reputable courier company. Smaller items are usually shipped using Royal Mail or Interlink, and larger items are sent usingTNT or Tuffnells. Palletised deliveries are with Hacklings.

A signature will always be required, so please ensure that someone is available to sign for your parcel. Please also ensure you either check the item for damages before signing, or sign for the goods as unchecked. If you need to arrange delivery for a specific time please contact us. There is usually an additional charge for timed delivery.

What countries do you ship to?

We can deliver to anywhere in the world, but you may need to contact us for a quote. You can purchase online if your order is being delivered to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Outside these countries you will need to place your order by phone or email.

If you are outside of the EU you may be liable for import taxes.

Important Information About Backorders

At Wildcare there are times when items are only available on a backorder basis, either due to high demand or if the item is a special order item. We refer to these as ‘backorder items.

Backorder items are clearly listed on our website as ‘Order To Reserve Stock (Backorder)’. Items that are in stock and ready to be shipped immediately are listed as ‘In Stock’.

When you place an order for a back order item or an order that includes back order items, a member of our team will be in contact within 48 hours of your order to confirm the lead time for delivery. For any queries before then, please call us on: 01451 833 181

Avoiding Disappointment

We cannot guarantee that a backordered item will come back into stock or be delivered for a specific date, however we will always do our best to keep you informed and updated.

If your back order is urgent or required within a specific time frame we suggest to call us on 01451 833 181 so we can keep your requirements in mind throughout the waiting period.


If you receive damaged items or the wrong goods, please let us know straight away so that we can arrange for them to be returned to us and replaced as quickly as possible.

You will need to obtain a Returns Number  - please call us on 01451 833 181 or email [email protected]

Please return goods, WITH THE RETURNS NUMBER MARKED ON THE PARCEL to: Wildcare, Eastgate House, Moreton Road, Longborough, GL56 0QJ

We may ask for a photograph any damaged items before we agree to replace them.

Please click here to view our full returns policy.