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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News

16
jul

Lapwings benefit from recent management work

Young lapwings have been caught on camera by local photographer Stephen Barlow.

02
may

Bog wars

Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses is a National Nature Reserve and the third largest raised peat bog in the UK.

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Events

15
aug

Bog Art

A wander on the mosses followed by an art session to make your very own bog creatures.