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Water Voles

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BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

According to BBC1 'Countryfile' programme this morning, the water vole is Britain's fastest decling mammal species smiley - sadface

Water Voles

Post 2

Skankyrich [?]

That is sad, Al, but I'm struggling to think of any others declining at any significant rate. (I might be missing some news here, as I've only just got back from The Gambia.) It's been known for a while that numbers of water voles are declining, but it's been the focus of some serious conservation efforts and the future looks much brighter than it did a few years ago. Certainly here in the south-west, numbers seem to be picking up.

It's actually quite straightforward to help water voles, as they are good colonisers and all they need is good, earthy banks with cover to nest in. The big problem has been minks; but as otters recover, minks are driven out, so water voles benefit from otter-boosting measures, too.

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