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Water Vole

The Water Vole Arvicola amphibius was once a common site on our waterways but it has been in population decline for some time.  Impacts such as land management and the release of American Mink Neovison vison have pushed this well-loved creature to the edge of effective extinction in some areas.  Measures to stop the decline in numbers of Water Vole, and eventually their return to sustainable numbers have included re-releasing surplus animals from other areas DSCF1303and legal protection to prevent any further decline of habitat or numbers.

The Water Vole is fully protected under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.  This legal protection makes it illegal to:

  • intentionally kill, injure or take (capture) a water vole;
  • possess or control a live or dead water vole, or any part of a water vole;
  • intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to any structure or place which water voles use for shelter or protection or disturb water voles while they are using such a place;
  • sell, offer for sale or advertise for live or dead water voles.

Hall Ecology has experienced ecologists who specialise in Water Vole surveying and producing and implementing mitigation plans for development.  We also have ecologists trained by the Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust in Mink surveying and trapping.


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