Water voles

Mammals

Description

Water voles are semi-aquatic mammals that live along watercourses, burrowing into the banks and feeding on sedge and grasses.

They are chestnut to dark brown in colour, with a blunt nose. Water voles are the largest vole species found in Britain, and are hunted by mink, raptors and cats.

It is estimated that Water voles have disappeared from 95% of their former territories. As of April 2008 water voles are a fully protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. 


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The area of Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses combined is the third largest area of raised peat bog in Britain. On average, 1 hectare of peatland can store 10 times more carbon than 1 hectare of woodland


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07
dec

Back from the brink film

Eleanor Ryder, placement student at Fenn's Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses produced a short film as part of her final year project.

05
dec

Drone footage of cleared scrapyard

The clearance of the old Furber's Scrapyard site is now complete. Watch the drone footage below.

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