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Water voles struggling despite ‘stronghold’ in York and East Yorkshire
10:24am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
SIGNS suggest the water vole is still struggling in parts of the UK despite having a foothold in York and East Yorkshire.
Maps published by the Environment Agency and The Wildlife Trusts show numbers of the mammal – immortalised in literature as Ratty in Wind In The Willows – may be down by more than a fifth across the British Isles.
But they are still present on parts of the Foss and Ouse around York.
Nationally populations are continuing to disappear, due to the long-term loss of habitats, predatory attacks by mink and extreme weather events, including last year’s spring drought.
Paul Wilkinson, The Wildlife Trusts’ head of living landscape, said: “Strongholds do remain, and these are often located in areas which support more extensive wetland habitats, such as the fens, or headstreams in upland areas.
“We must ensure these strongholds persist and renew efforts to save this much-loved species, through targeted conservation action and sustained monitoring programmes.”
In East Yorkshire Co-operative Farms funded a two-year project to survey for water voles on its Pasture Farm in Goole as part of its Habitat Heroes project.
Detailed water vole surveys of the farm’s drainage ditches were completed and a healthy population discovered.
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