A Conversation for British Mammals - Rodents
BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows Started conversation Jan 14, 2007
Skankyrich [?] Posted Jan 19, 2007
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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