Meadow vole patient in rehab at the center. In Virginia, Meadow voles need a habitat of grass and vegetation 8 to 16 inches high and leaf litter. Many consider small rodents a nuisance, but these small creatures are vital in the food chain. From the voles’ point of view, planting non-native grasses and plants that grow and weave tightly, hinder their ability to move around and obtain food. As suburbia expands there is a greater need for us to plant natural habitat. Many land owners are working with VDGIF biologist to create these healthy habitats for our wildlife.