Every year, many miles of habitat occupied by water voles is cleared by strimming. The idea is that water voles will move out of areas designated for development, and create new burrow systems elsewhere.
However, rather than moving animals from a dangerous construction site, there is a risk that the voles simply stay in the bare habitat, risking death from starvation or predation.
Therefore starting in mid-August, the Mammal Society will be working with WildCRU at the University of Oxford to assess the threat posed to water vole populations by strimming, and attempt to identify workable solutions. What is more, the recent changes in licensing requirements for work with water voles mean that the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations will be able to act on our findings.
Please help them to carry out this vital work, and spread the word among family and friends to donate.
£10 – will cover a day’s transport costs for one of our field staff radio-tracking the voles.
£30 – buys a water vole trap for relocations.
To find out more about the project, please visit the WildCRU website here.
The Mammal Society’s Water Vole Mitigation Handbook provides guidance on the recent changes in licensing requirements for water vole mitigation and is now available from NHBS here.
Help save water voles by purchasing The Water Vole by Christine Gregory
In the race to rescue one of Britain’s best-loved native animals, the Mammal Society is joining forces with Vertebrate Publishing to raise support for its Save the Water Vole campaign.
Vertebrate is offering a 20% discount to Mammal Society members who purchase a copy of Christine Gregory’s book, The Water Vole, which was commissioned to highlight the plight of this endangered species. Each time a member purchases a copy of the book; Vertebrate will donate 10% of the book’s RRP to the campaign.
To purchase a copy of The Water Vole
for £13.59 (RRP £16.99) and donate to the water vole campaign, click HERE
and enter code WATERVOLE at checkout.
Please consider supporting this important work!!