Gavin Bennett who works on the water vole project on behalf of HMWT, tells us why this important project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery fund and The Colne Valley Regional Park Additional Mitigation Fund.
“They wate voles are very important for all wetland wildlife, as they are at the bottom of the food chain and therefore support many other species in turn. Water voles are one of nature’s engineers and a vital part of river ecosystems and biodiversity. Their burrowing, feeding and movements help to sculpt our riverbanks and can create conditions for other animals and plants to thrive. They are under serious threat due to habitat loss, water abstraction and predation by the non-native American mink. We have been working to try and reduce their decline and together with the partners and landowners we hope to enhance river corridors, expand surveying for water voles, and establish new mink monitoring schemes.
The good news is water vole surveys during 2019 over 34km of water ways have found evidence of the voles in previous unrecorded areas.”
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