Water vole survey success

A number of water vole surveys have been scheduled for 2014 in the Meres and Mosses area to identify previously unrecorded populations and suitable habitat for water voles. The surveys have been led in partnership with the Environment Agency and Shropshire Mammal Group and also aimed to train people interested in the wildlife of our important landscape to identify the field signs of water voles.

Shropshire Wildlife - Water Voles

On Wednesday the 14th May a training day for volunteers began at Ellesmere Boat House with talks on the ecology of water voles by Paul Roberts from the Shropshire Mammal Group and a talk about the Environment Agency's involvement in new water vole projects from Biodiversity Officer, Caroline Savage. A field trip to the Perthy area near Ellesmere helped trainers to demonstrate how to identify the signs left by water voles along farmland brooks and pools in an area identified as prime habitat for this declining species of mammal. One of the pools surveyed showed signs of numerous water vole habitation, including feeding signs, runs and latrines, as did neighbouring brooks. When water voles have become so scarce across the UK, it is reassuring to know that the Meres and Mosses area maintains a steady population and by working in partnership with communities and other organisations, we can have a positive impact on their habitat to ensure that water voles remain a part of the local landscape for generations to come.

 

Meres and Mosses Landscape Survey

 


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