Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Field vole

Nominated by: Mammal Society

Conservation status: Least Concern

Why do you love it? The water vole gets all the attention and field voles are generally ignored, although it is feared that they are declining in some areas. Due to field voles playing a vital role in the food chain, their disappearance could spell trouble for other species.

Small mammals often overlooked and most public attention goes to larger mammals, carnivores or unusual species. Also, vole is an anagram of love!

What are the threats to the field vole? Habitat loss.

What are you doing to save it? The Mammal Society is creating an atlas to record the distribution of the field vole and we ask cat owners to report when individuals are bought in as ‘presents’ so we can record their presence in the area. We also hold training courses on small trapping to increase records and importance of these voles.

Find out more about the work of the Mammal Society

Find out about training courses that you can do to increase your knowledge and awareness of mammals in the UK

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